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Elena Boix
Structural Engineer
MEng

Elena studied Building Engineering in Barcelona and graduated top of her year with an special mention to the best end-of-degree projects at the ei! awards by Pompeu Fabra University. During this period, she was awarded with an Erasmus Intensive Programme scholarship in Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, Finland. There she took part on a workshop called “Building with sustainable resources” where her team won with the third prize with special mention for the structural solution.
After finalizing this period, she decided to broaden her knowledge of structures tanking a Master Degree in Structural Engineering at Polytechnic University of Madrid graduating at 2015. It was then that she realized her passion about Structural Design.

Her initial career started working as a Graduate on middle-sized scale residential, education and sportive projects in Spain with BIS structures. During this period, she took part of the BIM and productivity group, looking to find the most optimum and productive processes.

In 2017, when she moved to London, Elena join Design ID.

Elena is a person who loves being in continuous learning and her key interest now are learn more about material optimisation and parametric design, in order to find the equilibrium between sustainability and rational design.

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Structural Engineer

Sam Franklin
Structural Engineer
MEng

Sam graduated with a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast in 2017. During his time at university he completed two placements with Mott MacDonald Bentley in the clean water sector. He spent the majority of his time with MMB working on a £3M Rapid Gravity Filter refurbishment scheme, gaining an appreciation for water infrastructure, resourcing and treatment processes.

During his dissertation studies in free-form compression only structures, Sam developed an interest in structural engineering, which ultimately led him to a graduate position at Design ID in July 2017.

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Structural Engineer

James Thomas
Structural Engineer
MEng (Hons) ACGI

James graduated from Imperial College London in 2010 with a Master's degree in Civil Engineering. He completed placements at Waterman Structures in Birmingham and Price & Myers in London during university holidays. Following this James joined Walsh where he worked on large reinforced concrete framed structures for leading clients in London. Notable projects, primarily in the hotel and residential sectors, include Hilton London Bankside, 5 Miles Street Vauxhall, Nobu Hotel Shoreditch and Thurston Point Lewisham. After 5 years at Walsh, James joined the Design ID London team in October 2017. In his spare time James writes electronic music.

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Structural Engineer

Rebecca Hyndman
Structural Engineer
MEng

Rebecca graduated with a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering with Architecture from Queen’s University Belfast in 2017. Having previously completed a year long placement with Mott MacDonald in their structures department she developed a passion for the Building Structures sector. Working on a variety of educational and public service buildings Rebecca generated an interest in Building Information Modelling (BIM). This involved producing 3D structural models for collaboration and integration with other disciplines involved.

By gaining a graduate position with Design ID in June 2017 Rebecca aims to increase her exposure to structures with appealing architecture and sustainable design methods.

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Rebecca Hyndman

Structural Engineer

Greg Shevlin
Structural Engineer
BEng

Greg is currently midway through completing a Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast. Having previously completed a placement with GRAHAM obtaining primarily contracting experience, Greg joined Design ID in June 2017 on a year-long placement to experience engineering design before returning to university for his final year of study.
Greg is a STEM ambassador and a current member of the IStructE Young Members Group which have given him the opportunity to promote engineering and become involved in the wider local engineering community. Greg was as a finalist for the 2017 Plant & Civil Engineer Student of the Year Award and notably came 3rd place in the 2017 IStructE Graduates and Students Papers Competition after presenting his research on the Stability/Strength of Reinforcement Cages.
Outside of work Greg enjoys playing hockey, running marathons and producing architecture-based artwork.

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Greg Shevlin

Structural Engineer

Stephen Monaghan
Structural Engineer
MEng

Stephen graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2017 with a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering with Architecture. He was awarded an ICE QUEST Undergraduate Scholarship from the Institution of Civil Engineers throughout the duration of his studies. Stephen also became a STEMNET Ambassador and engaged in activities to promote engineering in the primary and post primary school environment.

During Stephen’s studies he undertook several summer work placements in the Design ID Hillsborough office. After graduation Stephen took up a position as a structural engineer in Design ID London office.

Stephen applies a positive work ethic to all aspects of his projects and his main interests include structural and conceptual design, sustainability and management.

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Structural Engineer

Kate Chlebek
Structural Engineer
BSc MSc GMICE

Graduated in 2010 from MSc Geodesy, Surveying and Cartography majoring in Agricultural Land Surveying and Property Evaluation. During her studies, she developed strong interest in engineering structures and decided to pursue Civil & Structural Engineering career.
Then she studied the first three years of her Civil & Structural Engineering degree in Poland. During this period, she was awarded IAESTE Scholarship to work as Geodesy, Surveying and Geoinformation Trainee for Bavarian Sate Office and Geoinformation in Munich. In 2013, she was awarded IAESTE Scholarship again, this time to work in Centre for Engineering Research and Testing University of Macau. Where she had opportunity to see the development of the New University of Macau Campus. This £1.3 billion project provided a word-class environmental friendly campus for 10 000 students. In 2013-2014, she was awarded Erasmus Student Exchange Program Scholarship which allowed her to complete her degree in England. She graduated top of her year in 2015 with the Best MSc Poster Prize School of Engineering for research on the viscoelastic structural dampers.
After graduation she worked as Graduate Structural Engineer for SGM Structural Design Limited. Where she focused mostly on structural design of residential, commercial and industrial buildings.
In 2017, she moved to London where she joined DesignID.
She is involved in engaging young people into Engineering while being Pre-19 Graduates and Students ICE Officer for the London Region. Her key interests include civil engineering law and management, sustainability, structural dynamics and earthquake engineering.

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Kate Chlebek

Structural Engineer

Ryan Harkin
Structural Engineer
BEng

Ryan is completing his Masters at Queens University Belfast, studying ‘Structural Engineering with Architecture’. Ryan decided to do his Masters part-time over two years and to continue to work for Design ID simultaneously, to maximise his exposure and experience within the industry. Ryan therefore will graduate this summer with a Masters in Structural Engineering with 3 Years experience at Design ID.

Ryan is also one of the founding members of the IStructE Young Members Group and has actively been apart of the Institution since then, helping organising events and promoting engineering, alongside fellow colleagues James Walsh and Greg Shevlin.

He has experience in Conceptual, Residential and Commercial Design Projects, utilising a variety of design software, frame and calculation packages. Ryan has also served as a BIM engineer and coordinator on a number of projects, gaining valuable experience and skills on Revit, whilst collaborating with Architects. He also has extensive SketchUp experience which he has developed over the past 4 years and has implemented into conceptual design, and sequencing reports.

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Structural Engineer

Niall O'Grady
Structural Engineer
BEng

Niall studied Civil Engineering at University of Dundee and graduated in 2008. His initial career was spent working on large scale residential and education projects as a project engineer for a large contractor based in London. He returned to the University of Dundee to complete his Masters Degree in Structural Engineering and graduated in 2010 with a First-Class Honours. Following this he joined Design ID in 2011 as a Structural Engineer.
During his time with Design ID he has worked on wide variety of commercial, refurbishment, conservation, residential and construction logistics projects. Niall won the 2015 IStructE Graduate Papers Competition after presenting his work on the completion of a large commercial building in Weavers Court, Belfast

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Structural Engineer

James Walsh
Civil & Structural Engineer
MEng

James joined Design ID as a Civil and Structural Engineer in 2016 shortly after graduating from Queens University in Belfast with a Masters degree in Structural Engineering with Architecture.

During his time with Design ID James has worked on many and varied projects from drainage and roads design for small housing developments up to the design of large scale steel and concrete structures.

James' main areas of expertise lie with the design of masonry and stone supports and restraints having worked on a large number of varying projects. He has also been responsible for the design and integration of underground drainage and storage systems on many projects throughout the UK.

James is currently the chairman of the Northern Ireland IStructE Young Members Group. Along with the group James is responsible for the organisation of some of the IStructEs most popular events, especially amongst the younger engineering community.

Outside of Design ID, James is very active with preparing for and running marathons, playing for a local football team and he has also achieved a black belt in Jiu Jitsu after years of training.

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Civil & Structural Engineer

Ronan Carlin
Structural Engineer
MEng

Ronan studied Civil Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast and graduated top of his class in 2015, winning the Institution of Civil Engineer’s Student Prize. Throughout university, he completed a number of Civil and Structural Engineering placements for Consulting and Contracting firms in Northern Ireland. This has equipped him with a sound knowledge of the field of structural and civil engineering. At university, Ronan was also a member of a design team for the 2015 Concrete Centre Student Design Competition; the team was ranked first place in the UK.

Ronan has carried out detailed structural design for a range of structures including buildings, bridges and geotechnical structures. Furthermore, he has been involved in Due Diligence reports for Contractors, investigating issues such as site access, craneage and temporary works requirements.

Ronan is also active in the local and national engineering institutions. He is a current member of the ICE Graduates and Students Committee, was a finalist for the IStructE Graduates and Students Papers competition in 2014 and was awarded a commendation for the IStructe Kenneth Severn Award in 2016.

In his spare time, Ronan enjoys listening to and producing electronic dance music

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Ronan Carlin

Structural Engineer