Last year NCE created a new award to recognise the civil engineer who has most impressed the ICE president during his year of office. This year we continue the process by naming. . . .
David Anderson, ICE energy board chairman, Civil Engineer of the Year.
ICE president Doug Oakervee was so impressed with David Anderson's contribution to the ICE and to the promotion of the whole civil engineering profession that he minted a new President's Medal to recognise Anderson's work.
The citation for the medal was brief: 'Mr David Anderson CEng MICE will receive the medal for his work as chairman of the energy board in forming and promoting the energy policy of the ICE, which has raised the profile of the ICE and civil engineering over the past year.'
It went on: 'David's contribution to the 2003 State of the Nation report and the subsequent media coverage also make him a most worthy first recipient of this award.'
Oakervee is quick to point out that this new medal is intended to reward anyone - engineer or otherwise - that catches the president's eye during the year. But Anderson, most certainly, is a civil engineer.
For the last two years Anderson has spearheaded the ICE's media campaigns and has without question put the issue of security of energy supply - and the role that civil engineers can play in guaranteeing that - on the political and social agenda. Anderson has expressed the ICE's views on energy on television and radio, and debated the issues at length and in short. The power and clarity of his views have made the media and politicians sit up and take notice.
What the medal citation does not mention is that Anderson managed to fit virtually all of this time-consuming and difficult ICE work around his demanding day job at Scottish Power (see below).
His contribution to the ICE was therefore largely donated in his annual leave or his spare time.
'David's commitment to raising the profile of civil engineering, a key theme of the ICE Members' Satisfaction Survey, meant that he took two weeks' leave from his job last year to take part in media and parliamentary activity - an outstanding example of his dedication to ICE and the profession.'