Steve Reid, solutions development engineer for Siemens Building Technologies, has been recognised as Engineer of the Year at the Building Controls Industry Awards 2016. He received his trophy at the gala dinner on the 12th May at the Hilton Metropole.
The Engineer of the Year award recognises those who best demonstrate engineering excellence in controls and BEMS, while also showing a commitment to their own work and the wider controls sector as a whole. The judging panel for the Awards included representatives of BSRIA, CIBSE, the ECA and BESA among others.
The judges were particularly impressed by Steve's commitment to the promotion of open systems for building energy management systems as well as his work with the BCIA itself. Steve has been instrumental in setting up and running a number of 'ConnectFest' events for technical teams in the Association.
Steve has been in the controls industry for over thirty years, but he began his career as a physics teacher - skills he still uses in order to help educate clients about the benefits of controls and BEMS.
Steve says: "I was very surprised and delighted to be selected as the winner, particularly as there were so many other experienced engineers in this year's shortlist. I think it's extremely important that as technical experts we can communicate the benefits of controls to non-technical end users, as well as dealing with engineers and contractors."