Honoring the best and brightest 2022 engineering graduates in Jamaica


Empowering future generations

Here at New Fortress Energy, we’re dedicated to powering future generations with positive energy. For over five years we have supported the next generation of engineers in Jamaica, and this year we were delighted to celebrate the country’s three top-performing engineering students - Kevaughn Harrison, Ruth-Anne McClymont, and Daniel Meggo - with the prestigious Jamaica Institution of Engineers and New Fortress Energy (JIE/NFE) Engineering Students of the Year award.

Engineering Students of the Year award

The award is open to all final-year students studying an engineering discipline at the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU); University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona; and University of Technology Jamaica (UTECH). Winners are selected for achieving the highest grade point averages among engineering graduates at their respective schools. Each student is also invited to complete an internship with us at NFE.

Kevaughn Harrison, who studied mechatronics engineering at CMU, has set is sights on an automated systems engineer career, where he can explore and develop efficiency and production improvements. He interned at our combined heat and power plant (CCHP) in Clarendon this summer, and he was also active in CMU’s JIE student chapter.

Ruth-Anne McClymont was the only woman in the civil engineering bachelor’s degree graduating class at UTECH. She served as public relations officer for the Institution of Structural Engineers UTECH student chapter for two years and was a member of the JIE UTECH student chapter. She plans to pursue her master’s degree in water resources engineering.

Daniel Meggo, a biomedical engineering graduate from UWI Mona, has already begun his doctoral studies in preparation for a career in academia. He was a member of the JIE UWI Mona student chapter, as well as the school’s Biomedical Engineering Society, Rehabilitation Outreach Initiative, and Irvine Hall Honour Society, and he served as a youth leader at the Fresh Bread Ministries International.

“I have always had the desire to gain a deeper understanding of the different phenomena and processes occurring in the world around me,” Daniel recalled. “When I was younger, this desire meant staying back to watch how plumbers and electricians made repairs around my house, and as I got older, doing personal projects such as creating a solar oven and attempting to create an electric generator from an old fan. Accolades and awards deserve to be celebrated, but for a moment. Where they truly become useful is when you use them as sources of motivation to keep pushing toward the eventual realisation of your God-given purpose.”

It's truly an honor to shine a spotlight on these dedicated students as they take their rightful places among the next generation of engineering leaders and innovators. We’ve also extended more than 130 tertiary engineering scholarships to high-performing students at the three universities, teamed up with UWI, Mona to establish the island’s first cryogenics engineering course, and launched our summer engineering internship program. These efforts are an integral part of our commitment to supporting the engineering discipline as a vital element of intellectual development, technological advancement, and economic strength – and sparking the power of positive energy.