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Clarke chooses President's apprentices for his 2012/2013 year in office

Incoming President, Barry Clarke, has chosen six young engineers to be his apprentices during his year in office.

The six apprentices represent different engineering sectors and will be given an insight into the world of a senior engineer. They will also attend important events and meetings with senior civil servants or ministers to learn how the ICE works to represent its members.

They will also have mentoring sessions with Clarke, get to be involved in presidential initiatives, as well as be able to engage with key ICE members.

Clarke, who will take over from Richard Coackley in November, said that the central theme for his apprentices will be around “ethics and practice”, with the aim of helping to produce an ethical guide for civil engineering graduates.

“How ethics impacts on engineering practice is a topic I was keen to weave through my apprentice scheme as it’s an area that throws up many questions and challenges and one that has been raised by young engineers at the start of their careers,” said Clarke.

“We received a significant number of high-quality applications and while it was tough to pick just six, I am confident that I have chosen some of the brightest and most innovative young engineers in the country.”

As part of their applicationto become apprentives, candidates had to submit a 500 word essay on the subject “Ethical challenges: the conflict between the design brief and sustainable principles”.


The apprentices

Conall Doherty (Queen’s University Belfast), structures, Buro Happold

“The ethical challenge for engineers is to balance time, cost and quality together with sustainable design, while still allowing our companies to be profitable. It is a huge, yet exciting challenge, and one that I am fortunate to be a part of.”

Catherine Inglesfield (University of Edinburgh), water, Mott MacDonald

“The ethical challenge is for engineers to be able to constructively challenge the design brief by considering the longerterm impact and resilience of their solutions and being able to clearly communicate this to the client. This highlights the need for well educated, well rounded engineers.”

Sanaya Kerawala (Exeter College, University of Oxford), Mott MacDonald

“There is a growing desire for modern design briefs to meet government sustainability targets and it is down to engineers to make them a reality. Engineers need to embed cost-effective and innovative sustainable principles into their designs at earlier stages and continue to review sustainable practices throughout the project lifecycle.”

Hayley Sharp (University of Bristol), water resource modelling, Southern Water Services

“All projects have a tension between their technical requirements, cost and environmental impact. While engineers are not necessarily the key decision makers, through understanding a project’s context, they are increasingly able to provide well-reasoned information and help the client make informed decisions on high-level issues. I believe that as engineers, it is our responsibility to stay informed, up-to-date, and aware of sustainability issues - and ensure we use our knowledge to support the design and implementation of projects.”

Richard Smith (University of Leeds), Feasibility studies, Thames Water

“The ICE must continue to provide a voice to influence government legislation and ensure barriers for delivering sustainable designs are removed. Only by satisfying all sustainable principles - economic, social and environmental - will the conflict between design brief and sustainable principles be overcome.”

Mark Sanders (Heriot-Watt University - Edinburgh), Highways, Halcrow Group

“We need to recognise that the conflict between design brief and sustainable principles is the key balancing act for the future of our industry. Equilibrium needs to be achieved between the two, especially in a time of economic austerity. It is essential that new generations of civil engineers are actively encouraged to promote and pioneer sustainable principles, while still giving careful consideration towards achieving economical results, and vitally, the overall public good.”



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