Royal Academy of Engineering Award for Arcadis Technology Leader

Smart buildings expert Dr Matthew Marson of Arcadis will be named as one of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s five Young Engineers of the Year next week. He will receive the award at the Academy Awards Dinner in London on Tuesday 12 July 2022.  

Matthew Marson is Global Market Sector Director at Arcadis. In his career to date, he has spearheaded international advancement of smart buildings and cities, working at the intersection of engineering, technology, and sustainability. Matthew’s creative and innovative portfolio includes iconic projects such as NEOM’s Industrial City, 22 Bishopsgate, The Dock in Dublin, Paddington Square and San Francisco’s Salesforce Tower.  

Matthew has exhibited outstanding productivity and creativity, pioneering new techniques particularly with Intelligent Buildings technology and linking this to helping the industry address sustainability and make progress towards net zero carbon. At a bluechip technology company’s campus in Bangalore, he led a team to extract the data from several building management systems across a 3 million square foot campus. He created an analytics application that analysed around 50,000 data points per minute to help optimise energy conservation measures, making a significant contribution to their net zero carbon target. 

Matthew has also worked to engage the wider engineering community, by creating a series of 30 podcastsfeaturing world leading construction and technology experts discussing issues associated with smart buildings/cities and how to resolve them. The series received several thousand listens and led to Matthew being featured on the BBC World Service’s Crowd Science on smart technologies and how they can help the fight against climate change.  

Professor Bashir Al-Hashimi CBE FREng, Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering Awards Committee, says: “Our Young Engineers of the Year are pushing the boundaries of modern engineering and creating genuinely new economic opportunities, benefitting society and the environment in the process. They are also fantastic role models for any young person considering joining the engineering profession. I congratulate them all.”  

The four other RAEng Engineers Trust Young Engineers of the Year are: 

Dr Robert Hammond, Lecturer in Infection and Global Health at the University of St Andrews, who studies bacterial and fungal infections in humans and animals and has developed a tool to identify which antibiotics are effective against a particular infection. 

George Imafidon, a performance engineer working with the Team X44 electric racing team to design Extreme-E race cars. He is also CEO and Co-Founder of Motivez, an app designed to help young people from underrepresented backgrounds access personalised opportunities, particularly in STEM.   

Dr Fragkoulis KanavarisArup’s leading concrete materials specialist with a background in structural engineering, who is the current materials lead on the High Speed 2 rail project. 

Dr Beatriz Mingo, a materials engineer and Presidential Fellow at the University of Manchester, whose research focuses on environmentally friendly surface treatments for lightweight components used in the transport industry.