As we are in the throngs of summer, it is the time of year in the East and West Midlands when we celebrate our successes of the year!
Midlands view claire greenwood cropped
Once again, we have recognised the projects at the top of their field, highlighting innovation and the achievements of those involved, at our annual award dinners. ICE President Tim Broyd’s visit to the East Midlands region on 8 and 9 June cemented the celebration of these successes as he toured our branches to see the projects and the teams behind them.
Our institution, in particular at regional and branch level, relies on volunteers to give time to the many facets of our institution, whether that be supporting a school’s event, organising a site visit, judging the Merit Awards or contributing an expert opinion to one of our interest panels. Therefore, it is apt that this month we celebrate International Volunteer Week.
June is a busy time for our volunteers as we have our regional Big Bang events in the East and West Midlands, engaging with young people across the region, hoping to inspire them to become the next generation of civil engineers and construction professionals. The events are always popular with our volunteers, as the impact of large scale engagement is hugely rewarding for all involved. This was particularly the case with the East Midlands K-Nex challenge. There, the visitors exceeded our expectations in building their towers, resulting in the tallest being measured with a levelling staff!
Without our volunteers, we would not be able to celebrate the engineering or school’s engagement successes as we would not be able to support these amazing and inspiring events.
June is also the month of celebration for Women in Engineering, promoting role models for women to be inspired to follow or jump into a career in civil engineering, which runs in parallel alongside the Daily Telegraph’s Top 50 Women in Engineering. This year the Telegraph’s campaign is concentrating on the top 50 women under the age of 35. It is without doubt that both of these campaigns will help to promote female role models within the industry and inspire the next generations to come. I certainly was inspired by the woman who built one of the bridges on the M62, and encouraged me that it was possible to be female and an engineer!
I am sure that across all the regions we have teams involved in the planning of our bicentenary, from both an internal and external perspective. We have a fantastic opportunity to engage with members of the public to celebrate how engineering has shaped the past, present and more importantly, how it will shape the future. Our challenge in the regions is how we embrace the digital interactive and visual mediums to ensure we can adapt and remain agile in this fast moving environment.
- Claire Greenwood is an ICE Council member for the East Midlands