DIRECTOR GENERAL Tom Foulkes has just completed a whirlwind, fact-finding trip to Russia, recognising one of the fastest growing new areas of the ICE's global membership.
The trip to Moscow was an opportunity to formally welcome Vladimir Gagin, vice dean of the Moscow State University of Civil Engineering, as the ICE's new country representative for Russia. He takes over from Dr Mikhail Lachinov.
Foulkes was joined by ICE vice president professor John Burland on the trip. During a visit to Gagin's university department Burland entertained over 100 students with his acclaimed 'Tale of two towers' lecture - delivered with the added complication of working alongside a translator.
The visit also coincided with the completion of the latest round of Russian professional reviews in Moscow, which should add to the existing 320 Russian ICE members.
'There is no shortage of work for engineers in Russia, ' said Foulkes, highlighting the massive regeneration programme now going on in Moscow alone. 'There is a tremendous capability but for young Russian engineers ICE membership gives them international credibility meaning that their employment horizons are much wider.'