AN ASSOCIATE member of the ICE has been made a Fellow in the first known case in the history of the Institution.
Incorporated engineer Roger Davidge, who set up his own consultancy - Bay Associates - in 1992, was conferred with Fellowship via the direct entry route which required three existing Fellows to sponsor him.
'I deal with a lot of people from different construction disciplines and the kudos of ICE Fellowship will be of great help to me in my work,' said Davidge who started in the industry nearly 30 years ago as an indentured technician.
He originally became a Fellow of the Society of Civil Engineering Technicians in 1976 and automatically became an associate member of the ICE in 1989 when SCET was merged with the Institution.
Chairman of the Fellowship Panel Terry Mulroy said he hoped Davidge would be the first of many associate members to become Fellows, in line with the drive to promote the associate membership grade within the Institution.
Mulroy said: 'With the ICE's New Routes to Membership it is possible for eminent engineers of all grades to progress to the highest grade of membership of the Institution. We are hoping that many more incorporated candidates will put themselves forward as Fellows.'
The Fellowship Panel is encouraging other associate members to come forward by offering an informal free opinion on a candidate's application.
'We are happy to provide a non fee paying opinion about candidates' suitability without a formal application needing to be made,' said Mulroy.