I attended the East Midlands graduate and students 'Breakfast with the President' on 7 March and it was inspiring to hear Mark Whitby's views on the important role that competent engineers of all levels have to play in a modern society.
Yet when asked if he thought that the ICE was a 'redundant organisation in a modern society' as reported in NCE (ICE News 28 February), he answered 'of course not', but explained how 'the ICE is big enough to take a punch on the nose'.
I believe that civil engineering will always thrive, especially as modern project procurement and delivery methods help integrate engineering with IT and other professional disciplines.
However, the ICE should address why it is being branded redundant. It must accept that its future may be controlled by individuals who have a nonaccredited, non-civil engineering education, but do have sound engineering and IT skills.
Andrew Connel (G), research student, Loughborough University, A.K.Connell@Lboro. ac. uk