ENGINEERS WITHOUT Borders (EWB) has launched the London Professional Network, a forum in which seasoned engineers can pass their expertise to those hoping to use their skills in the developing world.
The network was launched at One Great George Street last week, when young engineers working or hoping to work on EWB projects met representatives from ICE and around 70 consulting rms.
According to Arup graduate structural engineer Robert Malies, who coordinates the EWB's London Professional Network, it developed as a result of sustained interest in EWB from professional engineers.
'Professional Network is an independent group acting as a forum to exchange information from all over the country, but it is most active in London, with 150 active members.
'A lot of interest came from professionals, initially to look at how they can assist or augment what is going on in EWB, ' said Malies.
The group is run as a forum for the exchange of information, but it could grow to be a standalone group within EWB. 'In the past few months, we have started to look at the next three to five years. We are in talks with ICE to combine some work with RedR, but there is no specic work at the moment, ' said Malies.
The Professional Network supports EWB's education, research, bursaries, training and placements work.