Methil man engineers his way to recognition

Mark Sanders and the judges after he won the ICE National Final papers competition
Mark Sanders and the judges after he won the ICE National Final papers competition

A 25-year-old former Kirkland High School and Parkhill Primary pupil has been flushed with success after being singled out as a future pioneer in the field of engineering.

Mark Sanders recently won the national final of the Graduates and Students Papers Competition organised by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), for a paper he wrote looking at how to de-water the toilet system, and will now be awarded the ‘Institution Medal’, the highest award given to the institute’s graduate members.

As a result, he will also get the chance to travel to Haiti by using his £1500 winnings, along with a separate £1500 award, to fund his research into environmentally friendly toilet systems which recycle human waste.

Mr Sanders, who has also been made the ICE President’s apprentice, said of his success: “This will allow me to witness and document first hand how this technology is being applied at ground level in impoverished and disaster relief scenarios, subsequently writing another paper/publication which will further raise awareness of this practice. I genuinely believe this is a solution for developing countries and developed countries alike.”

After finishing at Kirkland, Mr Sanders studied and gained a first class masters degree in civil engineering at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, before moving to Cardiff, where he took up a role with Halcrow, a global engineering consultancy.

In April this year he adapted his university dissertation to create the paper and corresponding presentation, which won the competition, ‘Fertiliser from Human Waste in Scottish Agriculture’.

Mr Sanders, whose proud family remain in Leven, added although he is doing well in Wales, he does miss living in Leven, particularly his family and friends and playing golf at Leven Links.