The Martin Gough Student Award

About the Award

In 2017, Martin Gough, a longstanding employee and technical mastermind of IES, sadly passed away. To carry on his legacy, IES launched a global student award in 2018. The award seeks excellence in research based on Apache and thermal simulation, which was Martin’s main area of expertise. We invite students from all around the world to take part.

Do you have what it takes to win this highly esteemed award? Read on to find out more and register your interest.

Winners So Far...

Read case studies and interviews from our past winners to gain insights on what makes a winning entry.

Entry Requirements

If you answer yes to any of the following questions then we’d love to receive your entry. 

  • ​​​​Have you used ApacheSim or ApacheHVAC with novel building projects? 
  • Have you modelled innovative systems or renewables? 
  • Have you linked energy simulation output with external models or algorithms? 
  • Have you successfully calibrated models against reality? 
  • Have you modelled unique internal environments, factories, industrial processes? 
  • Have you brought new control approaches into energy simulation? 
  • Are you pushing the boundaries in energy research and modelling with the IESVE software? 


Open to current students only (enrolled on a relevant undergraduate/postgraduate course or graduate course of study in the U.S.). Individual entries only, no team efforts will be considered by the judges.

Entry Format

Entries should be a paper with a maximum of 5 pages. Inclusion of a 250-500 word executive summary is essential. Papers should be submitted as a PDF. Formatting is at the discretion of the entrant.

Key Dates

Register your interest in entering the 2020 award All entries must be submitted via email to by TBC Prize winners will be announced by TBC

What Makes a Winning Entry?

Judges will look for:

  • Rigour of approach
  • Clearly considered and correct use of ApacheSim
  • Innovative modelling approach
  • Clear insightful considerations
  • Correct interpretation of building physics
  • Analysis of ApacheSim beyond its out of the box capabilities

Meet the Judges


“This award has been established to honour the memory of a highly esteemed colleague and Technical Mastermind of IES. With that in mind I will be looking out for entries that have clearly considered the judging criteria and stand out in all aspects. Innovation is key; I’d like to see entries that really push the boundaries with what you can do with ApacheSim whilst using a considered and accurate approach. I am anticipating some extraordinary entries from students around the world and I very much look forward to reading them.” 

Dr. Don McLean


“Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at IES, Martin Gough was a key proponent of that. In reviewing the submissions I’m looking for innovative uses, intriguing approaches and entries that push the boundaries whilst at the same time are considerate to practicalities, and understanding of the correct application of Building Physics.” 

Dr. Craig Wheatley



Prizes will be awarded to the winner and runner-up of the award. The winner will receive £1000 (or local currency equivalent) and the runner-up will receive £500. Both the winner and runner-up will also be awarded with a 12 month IESVE licence that includes online training.

Winning entries will be announced on DiscoverIES and case studies will be created and promoted to the Building Simulation Industry. Winners will also have their names engraved on a special commemorative plaque that will continue to hold the names of winners of the award each year.

About Martin Gough

2 November 1955 - 7 August 2017

Martin joined IES in 1999, just 5 years after it was founded, and from there he laid incredibly strong foundations on which the company is built today. As Technical Director in charge of the development and maintenance of applications for building thermal simulation, Martin was the mastermind behind some of IES’s most innovative technology. 

IES is very proud of its unified and collaborative culture and Martin was the embodiment of that culture. He made others stronger and better through the gentle passing of his knowledge. Not only was Martin a technical mastermind – he was also a brilliant musician and incredibly literate, writing a number of articles about his pet subjects, including for the Elgar Society Journal. He was a true genius. 

Martin was very highly regarded by his colleagues at IES, and always will be. He will be sorely missed as an integral part of the company, but his legacy will stand strong and continue for as long as there is an IES and for as long as buildings stand that are based on IES technology.

Got a Question?

Our team will be happy to answer any of your questions regarding the award today.