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Engineers appear in New Year's honours list

Past ICE president David Orr and former Council member Robert Mair have been awarded CBEs for their services to engineering.

Orr is corporate services director in the Northern Ireland Department of Finance and Personnel. Prior to that he was the director of central procurement for the Northern Ireland Government.

He was ICE president from 2007-2008 and currently chairs the ICE Disciplinary Board.

“I was surprised and delighted to be awarded a CBE. Perhaps this goes some way towards recognising that civil engineers really are at the heart of society and that we are the unsung heroes no more,” said Orr.

Former ICE Council member Mair is well known for applying the latest developments in geotechnical engineering research to professional practice, especially in the field of underground construction.

Mair is professor of geotechnical engineering and head of civil and environmental engineering at Cambridge University. He is also master of Jesus College and senior vice president of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is an active consultant on tunnelling projects worldwide.

He said: “I am delighted to see geotechnical engineering recognised in this way - I see it as a tribute to the many civil engineering colleagues with whom I have worked on challenging geotechnical and tunnelling problems.”

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