THE CREAM of the profession's latest civils graduates could unknowingly offer vital research information for a major ICE review on the changing role of the civil engineer. The Institution is a major sponsor of NCE's Graduate Awards, in which candidates are asked to debate the ideal job description for the civil engineer of 2020.
'An ongoing ICE president's commission is looking at just this subject and it will be interesting to note the views of these leading graduates, ' said ICE deputy director general Amar Bhogal. 'In our increasingly multi-disciplinary industry all engineers must learn to work together more closely and it is vital we analyse our future role in society.'
NCE's Graduate Awards are open to any civil engineer who graduated last year. Filling in a simple entry form outlining achievements at university and work could be the first step to a share in prizes totalling £2,000, plus a lot of valuable recognition from industry and the scheme's top company sponsors.
'We feel it is very important to encourage and reward the best all round new graduates, who are likely to be among the profession's future leaders, ' commented Bhogal, one of the scheme's judges.
In October, shortlisted candidates will be invited to Great George Street to meet Bhogal and his fellow judges and asked to expand on the entry form question debating how they see the engineer's role in society changing over the next 20 years.
Entrants will also be asked what they think the profession should be doing now to achieve that ideal role and they will be encouraged to be as critical as they like.
Anonymity is guaranteed, as any entries later forwarded to the ICE will not include candidates names or any identifying information.