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ICE Elect 2009: Graduate candidates

Elections to ICE Council are once again underway; making it that time when members get their say on who should help lead their institution.

There are 9 vacancies to be filled. 1 of these is for a graduate member to be elected by the ICE Graduate membership.There are 13 candidates for the 1 graduate member vacancy.

NCE asked the candidates some questions on the burning issues. Find out their views in the following profiles.

Gregorz Babiszewski

Gregorz Babiszewski

Gregorz Babiszewski

Structural engineer, Ove Arup

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Working as an Engineer on Canary Wharf Crossrail Project

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession?

Leading the politicians and general public into a sustainable future

What do you consider to be the greatest innovation in the history of engineering?

Finite Element Theory

Which do you think is the most important infrastructure project currently underway and why? 

Crossrail Project. It’s a sustainable way of transport (reduced congestion, pollution and time of travel) and it will be a financial stimulus to the economy

 What single thing would you want to improve about ICE?

 I would want to encourage closer cooperation between engineering institutions from different countries

What do you think ICE should focus on in influencing government?

 Sustainability

How do you think all the engineering institutions could work more closely together?

Representatives from institutions (applies to UK and EU) to have regular meetings (solving global issues, one point of contact for politicians, consolidated response to disasters). Learn from each other (shared archives/ libraries; CPD best practice, etc…)  

What one impact do you think Council can have on how the Institution is run?

The Council develops strategic direction for the Institution.

How would you persuade more graduate engineers to become qualified?

It gives you recognition within the industry

How would you promote the value of CPD?

It helps you stay on top

 

Simon Dunn

Simon Dunn

Simon Dunn

PhD student, Cardiff University

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

The highlight of my career so far has been my role as ICE Wales chairman’s apprentice as it has allowed me to get some great experiences including conferences, dinners, learning more about how the ICE really works and how as a graduate member I can help push ICE forward. Seeing my very first project, a 1km long flood wall go from the drawings I had created to construction was also a great highlight.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession?

Solving the global issue with carbon emissions and the problems created by global warming such as flooding and ensuring that we have the engineers of the future to solve these issues is a big challenge for the profession.

What do you consider to be the greatest innovation in the history of engineering?

The advent of the computer, which has particularly had an impact on my specialty, finite elements.  I feel this has had a major impact on engineers’ ability to create innovative and interesting solutions to engineering problems.

Which do you think is the most important infrastructure project currently underway and why?  

I feel that Crossrail is the most important project currently underway, providing much needed links across central London. However, this would have limited impact outside of London where, when added together, sustainable forms of energy production is the most important overall.

What single thing would you want to improve about ICE?

I would like to improve the numbers of younger people involved in the institution to ensure that we continue to be a successful and respected institution.

What do you think ICE should focus on in influencing government?

For me, it is important that the ICE works with the government to raise the profile of the engineer, although it is also important that the ICE continues to encourage the government to continue improving the infrastructure as this will benefit both the economy and address the deteriorating infrastructure.

How do you think all the engineering institutions could work more closely together?

I think that the links between the institutions need to be created earlier on in an engineer’s career as this will aid in formulating cross-institution relationships at a local level which will provide a good grounding for better relationships on a national level.

What one impact do you think Council can have on how the Institution is run?

I think that Council can impact the appeal of the Institution to younger engineers to help reduce the age profile of the Institution and ensure that we have the engineers of the future.

How would you persuade more graduate engineers to become qualified?

I would highlight to them the benefits of becoming qualified including profile increase, salary rises, respect, opening up opportunities and that it is recognized worldwide.

How would you promote the value of CPD?

By keeping up to date with CPD, it gives you an advantage over others and ensures you have the professional skills to be a successful engineer.

 

Katerina Fytopoulou

Katerina Fytopoulou

Katerina Fytopoulou

Graduate engineer, Parsons Brinkerhoff

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Working within a multi-disciplinary team to deliver the approvals and consents for an immersed tunnel under the river Tyne -one of the most significant projects to shape the infrastructure of the Northeast for years to come.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession?

Balancing the requirements of an increasing global population against diminishing resources and the need to deal with climate change. 

What do you consider to be the greatest innovation in the history of engineering?

Power networks – delivering electrical power to all.

Which do you think is the most important infrastructure project currently underway and why?  

Big Renewables - if we want renewable facilities to supply power on a scale comparable to our consumption, those facilities must be big and we need to continue building them at even faster pace, working closely with the local communities/ stakeholders in the process.

What single thing would you want to improve about ICE?

Make it more relevant to younger engineers.

What do you think ICE should focus on in influencing government?

Ensuring that decisions are taken with a long term view.

How do you think all the engineering institutions could work more closely together?

Establish a set of common goals and work through the Engineering Council to make them happen.

What one impact do you think Council can have on how the Institution is run?

Calling to account the effectiveness and efficiency of the organization.

How would you persuade more graduate engineers to become qualified?

By working with their employers to demonstrate the benefits of professional qualifications to them as well as to their graduates.

How would you promote the value of CPD?

Make it compulsory.

 

Mohammed Gajia

Mohammed Gajia

Mohammed Gajia

Graduate engineer, Tube Lines

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

It was probably whilst still at university when my masters’ project was to test a water filter that had the potential to introduce a new method in which water could be treated in emergency relief situations. That and working in Chicago during my placement year. It was an interesting challenge trying to alter my training to work using the imperial system and work within differing town, state and national guidelines.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession?

A generational one; it is interesting to see the age profile of the ICE and how it is steadily increasing. If you add this with the predicted decline people entering University in the future we may soon start running even shorter of engineers. There are some very good young engineers out there, although the question may soon be, are there enough of them?

What do you consider to be the greatest innovation in the history of engineering?

Not an innovation that would initially spring to mind when thinking about Civil Engineering, but it is probably the establishment of safe water and sewer systems (which is actually a combination of a few innovations). I doubt that any other branch of engineering could claim to save so many lives. Indeed, in disaster relief situations it is often quoted that whilst doctors save lives, engineers save far far more.

Which do you think is the most important infrastructure project currently underway and why?  

I’d like to say Crossrail as I may end up looking at it in one capacity or another, but for the UK in the near future it is likely to be the replacement of our existing power stations which are coming near to the end of their useful life.

What single thing would you want to improve about ICE?

It would be nice to make it less bureaucratic, although that may take some time. Practically we need to look at better ways to communicate with one another and when the new website comes in that will hopefully be a big help.

What do you think ICE should focus on in influencing government?

I think one of the best ideas of the current government was the formation of a long term group to look at and approve large infrastructure projects. All too often these tend to be tied up for political reasons and political advantage and if a cross party group oversaw all of these, it would be a great step forward. The ICE would then be best served by giving advice on the state of current infrastructure and suggest priorities as an apolitical source.

How do you think all the engineering institutions could work more closely together?

This may be something better started at the bottom rather than at the top. Joint events and sharing ideas, opportunities and costs at regional events is probably the best first step.

What one impact do you think Council can have on how the Institution is run?

I think if you’re goal is only to have one impact you’re not aiming high enough. From a Regional point of view it would be to make One Great George Street the true home of the ICE and make it easier to run events there. More widely, it would be to better support the work of the Regions and encourage new ideas.

How would you persuade more graduate engineers to become qualified?

Regionally I’ve been promoting Professional Qualification in Universities so that Students are aware of the ICE and the benefits of being a member as on the whole, I’ve found that you don’t really need to persuade most graduates. They tend to know the benefits already and will make the decision based on whether it is right for them. For those who decide it isn’t for them, it’s a question of finding out why and addressing that, although it is worth bearing in mind that it is never going to be something for everyone.

How would you promote the value of CPD?

I think CPD is something almost all engineers get anyway; there is simply a question as to how it is recorded and what exactly qualifies, so better promoting the CPD booklet and highlighting the CPD record form which is very quick and easy to fill out. To my mind it is something that will only be promoted through good example, as cracking down on those people not keeping up is likely to be counterproductive in the long run.

 

David Haxton

David Haxton

David Haxton

Assistant engineer, Atkins

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Working in a diverse industry where people come first and the opportunity to meet and network with these people who uphold their duty to society in a professional manner as an engineer.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession?

Recruiting fresh talent and holding on to talented engineers who sometimes are lost to other industries, especially in difficult times.

What do you consider to be the greatest innovation in the history of engineering?

Software applications which have made a lot of the knowledge we require as engineers now available at the push of a button. Engineering and everyday applications have enabled us to research, analyse, communicate, etc in a faster, more reliable and organised manner.   

Which do you think is the most important infrastructure project currently underway and why?  

In reality every infrastructure project is important in its own right in relation to its own environmental, social and economical needs and issues. However on a personnel basis, I believe the Cambridge Guided Busway is important as it is the longest guided busway in the world, which, once constructed, may be a catalyst for future guided busways in the UK and rest of the world.

What single thing would you want to improve about ICE?

The ICE should celebrate and share its knowledge, skills and diversity with the wider public, which in turn would potentially improve and increase ICE’s and Civil Engineers standing in society.

What do you think ICE should focus on in influencing government?

Continue to expand and improve the public infrastructure network which allows the UK as a whole to move around freely and breathe economically and socially.

How do you think all the engineering institutions could work more closely together?

Encourage joint presentation and networking events at all levels. For example different engineering professions could do presentations on projects which incorporated and facilitated a variety of engineering skills required on the project.  

What one impact do you think Council can have on how the Institution is run?

I believe the biggest impact the Council will have on the Institution is bringing fresh ideas to the table which will take the Institution forward over the next few years.

How would you persuade more graduate engineers to become qualified?

Encourage graduates to join local ICE and workshop committees, engage in conversation and discussion with qualified engineers about benefits of being qualified, go on secondments to sign off particular objectives and learn new skills from CPD courses.

How would you promote the value of CPD?

Through showcasing the benefits of CPD, which are: Builds confidence and progressive learning, helps highlights individuals achievements, signs off career incentive goals, changes individual mindsets when faced with new or challenging tasks.

 

Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson

Graduate engineer, Arup

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Having the honor of been selected as one of David Orr’s six President’s Apprentices last year and the experiences that went with that appointment.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession?

Meeting the world’s energy needs whilst tackling the often contradictory issues of climate change.

What do you consider to be the greatest innovation in the history of engineering?

The construction of sewers, water treatment and water supply systems saving countless millions of lives.

Which do you think is the most important infrastructure project currently underway and why?  

The various high speed rail projects both proposed and in construction across Europe and the USA including High Speed 2 in the UK. These schemes have the potential to reduce numbers of short haul flights whilst allowing greater integration of cities. In particular High Speed 2 in the UK has the potential to show that major new infrastructure can be used to connect the whole UK spreading prosperity.

What single thing would you want to improve about ICE?

I would want to increase member involvement in order to make best use of the wide range of skills and ability that exist within the institution. In particular I would like to see greater awareness and involvement across the various membership grades where a great range and depth of skills exist (TMICE, AMICE, IEng and CEng) with many more people eligible for the TMICE, AMICE and IEng grades seeking membership.

What do you think ICE should focus on in influencing government?

The ICE should focus on persuading government to set up an independent body responsible for engineering works of national interest to reduce the effect of the 5 year political cycle on getting projects built efficiently, in particular projects relating to infrastructure which take many years to bring to fruition.

How do you think all the engineering institutions could work more closely together?

Despite all meeting the ECUK standard for chartered engineer the requirements for members to obtain Chartership with different institutions vary far too much. If we want to obtain greater recognition for chartered engineer status we need to agree on much greater parity from all institutions on the standard that has to be achieved whilst maintaining current ICE standards.

What one impact do you think Council can have on how the Institution is run?

Council needs to ensure that the institution’s funds are wisely spent whilst ensuring that members and regions are able to carry out the institution’s aims easily but that money is not wasted.

How would you persuade more graduate engineers to become qualified?

Without diluting the ICE Chartership standard we need to persuade graduates that the work reward is worth the effort required. In particular the ICE needs to push the benefits of CEng status in areas of the profession where Chartership is not viewed as a particular career advantage whilst reducing paperwork by use of online systems which for example could allow graduates to constantly add examples of work which contribute to objectives aiding effective review of objectives and areas of weakness.

How would you promote the value of CPD?

I would want employers to take greater responsibility for ensuring that staff has the resources to do CPD and that CPD is promoted. Also, a measure of the amount of CPD been undertaken within companies should be published as part of the Consultant / Contractor files to enable true comparison of which companies are succeeding in promoting CPD and the benefits.

  

Jonathan Lock

Jonathan Lock

Jonathan Lock

CAD manager/senior project technician, Arup

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Probably the highlight so far - working on Heathrow Terminal 5, based on site for 3.5 years with a large consultant, working closely with other disciplines and seeing first hand the work being done.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession?

Developing the technician training, their role in the team and how best to improve the standards we work to.

What do you consider to be the greatest innovation in the history of engineering?

Structural steelwork and the automated fabrication process improvements, giving us more opportunities to push the boundaries of our industry.

Which do you think is the most important infrastructure project currently underway and why?  

I would probably say Cross Rail; a massive project in its own right then combined with the city of London, all the coordination with existing infrastructure, services and current and future building developments is incredible.

What single thing would you want to improve about ICE?

Probably try to improve the way the engineers and technicians work together as a team, including technician training, their roles and their development. This can only improve the way we work together and ensure the engineering process is improved.

What do you think ICE should focus on in influencing government?

Focus of educating rather than influencing. Highlight to them the possibilities, conceptual ideas and future innovations within the industry on a number of issues.

How do you think all the engineering institutions could work more closely together?

Focus on working together as team with the same final ambitions to improve the way we all work. Taking the best concepts and ideas from all area within the institutions and combining, having other institute members involved within each council.

What one impact do you think Council can have on how the Institution is run?

Having a varied balance of people with different experiences from all areas and levels within our industry, providing the opinion and ideas to the Institution of people actively involved within the industry.

How would you persuade more graduate engineers to become qualified?

The reason we became engineers and technicians - the passion for the job and the projects we work on. I think we need to encourage how important this aspect of our life is, the respected status in society of the Chartered Engineer, the job satisfaction and the physical part we play in changing the world we live in and how important and rewarding this can be.

How would you promote the value of CPD?

Show examples of successful people not solely within our industry and how they continue to learn and develop their careers.

 

Jacob Mills

Jacob Mills

Jacob Mills

Graduate engineer, Atkins

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Working with multiple designers, contractors and project management companies on the Olympic Park site in London.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession?

A growing skills shortage in the UK.

What do you consider to be the greatest innovation in the history of engineering?

Pad foundations for early skyscraper development in late 19th Century Chicago.

Which do you think is the most important infrastructure project currently underway and why?  

Crossrail, it will smoothly connect east and west London whilst creating 14000 jobs.

What single thing would you want to improve about ICE?

Its appeal to student and graduate members, I’d like to see it proactively raise the status of engineers in UK society.

What do you think ICE should focus on in influencing government?

Ensuring that treasury fiscal stimulus cash meets contractors and consultants.

How do you think all the engineering institutions could work more closely together?

Support of the Engineering Council and via the ‘Engineering the Future’ effort, identifying projects which foster interdisciplinary work.

What one impact do you think Council can have on how the Institution is run?

It can set the policy of the Institution on training to address the skills shortage.

How would you persuade more graduate engineers to become qualified?

Champion key qualified engineers, highlighting how qualification progressed their career.

How would you promote the value of CPD?

Outline its relevance to the issues of safety, the environment and corporate responsibility.

 

Odaks Nwoke 

Odaks Nwoke

Odaks Nwoke

Graduate engineer, Capita Symonds

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Visit to Hungary in 2005 on behalf of the ICE West Midlands to study and make comparisons of its construction industry.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession?

The lack of recognition and rewards given across the board for being a professional serving as the very backbone of society. This has lead to a lack of supply of experienced and new civil engineering recruits.

What do you consider to be the greatest innovation in the history of engineering?

The development of the sewage treatment works that supplanted the initial depositing of sewage directly over farm land and fields.

Which do you think is the most important infrastructure project currently underway and why? 

The Crossrail project that will improve travel in the South-East, create new job opportunities, and regenerate extensive areas whilst incorporating sustainable green space.

What single thing would you want to improve about ICE?

How it promotes civil engineering on a national scale.

What do you think ICE should focus on in influencing government?

How to prioritize the required public infrastructure projects within the UK.

How do you think all the engineering institutions could work more closely together?

Better collaborated support on current and future infrastructure projects through: more joint seminars, shared events and publications, and possibly shared media coverage.

What one impact do you think Council can have on how the Institution is run?

By identifying the foremost needs of our student, graduate and professional members.

How would you persuade more graduate engineers to become qualified?

To engage more with other graduates outside their own companies (or offices) who are also preparing for their professional status. Also persuade the graduates to get more involved with their regional G&S committee.

How would you promote the value of CPD?

By providing good examples of how this gives generally better innovative, economic and financial benefits. 

 

Sengul Salur

Sengul Salur

Sengul Salur

Graduate engineer, Colas

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

My career has only just begun, but the highlights so far are obtaining a distinction for my MSc study, following which I received the Civil Engineering Female Bursary of the Year, which led to me qualifying for a bursary for my PhD study.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession?

In my opinion we are our own greatest challenge. I feel that we as engineers do not have enough self-esteem or self confidence in our profession to believe that what we do is so important, in the greater scheme of things.

What do you consider to be the greatest innovation in the history of engineering?

For me it has to be the Arch bridges and aqueducts built by ancient Romans

Which do you think is the most important infrastructure project currently underway and why? 

Three Gorges Dam - Sandouping, Yichang, China. Simply because it is the largest integrated

water project built in the history of the world. It is also one of the most controversial due to its massive environmental, economic and social impacts.

What single thing would you want to improve about ICE?  .

To my mind, achieve a higher profile worldwide.

What do you think ICE should focus on in influencing government?

Emphasising and influencing UK government to appoint a ‘Chief Engineer’ to drive long term policy on integrated public transport and infrastructure development.

How do you think all the engineering institutions could work more closely together?

The professional engineering institutions need reforming. In my opinion, I find Institutions are far too busy concentrating on competing with one another and losing sight of their objectives which is representing and upholding the profession as a whole.

What one impact do you think Council can have on how the Institution is run?

I believe it is time for Council to develop a strategy for the engineering institutions and universities i.e.-research and development, merged to form a collaborative team to promote engineering.

How would you persuade more graduate engineers to become qualified?

Work related benefits by the company-i.e.Pay and recognition. Career development- i.e. Self satisfaction, leading teams, mentoring and technical leadership

How would you promote the value of CPD?

Through the code of professional practise, developing skills and pushing technology forward.

 

Jennifer Stables

Jennifer Stables

Jennifer Stables

Graduate engineer, Aecom

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Making it to site to see a fair faced lightweight concrete scissor staircase I designed during construction – things I’ve worked on being built are highlights in themselves, but the staircase was one of a kind, and without a design code took a lot of engineering judgement.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession?

At the moment clearly the troubles with the economy, we are having to cut costs and prices and work harder than ever to win jobs as our competitors diversify. Our major concerns should be for small businesses and new graduates. Continuous recruitment is critical.

What do you consider to be the greatest innovation in the history of engineering?

If I had to pick something that helps me daily, finite element analysis programmes. It’s amazing to have computer systems that make it possible for buildings to be schemed up, analysed and viewed in a single place, in three dimensions, by one person, at such high speed.

Which do you think is the most important infrastructure project currently underway and why? 

The 2012 Olympics is a highly important infrastructure project. It is a large site that needs to be developed for two entirely different uses (pre- and post-games) utilising rivers, roads, canals and railways, by a variety of architects, engineers and contractors uniting to provide the necessary services under a strict budget by a very fixed date. Complicated!

What single thing would you want to improve about ICE?

Its communication with young people – the graduate and students committee is great for those of university age and above, but to make sure the best people are encouraged into the profession we need to communicate with them before they select their A-Levels.

What do you think ICE should focus on in influencing government?

Promoting a long term view with policies and programmes that reflect this – making sure that sustainability, life time costs and future plans are always at the forefront and that budgets are not just apportioned based on what is currently most reported in the media.

How do you think all the engineering institutions could work more closely together?

We should start by educating at the base level now. Making sure that engineering is promoted in schools as a group of interrelated specialisms with interesting careers across the board. Engineering degrees with general first years give invaluable insight and cross discipline CPD seminars allow engineers on the job to better understand one another. Each engineering institution has to do its part.

What one impact do you think Council can have on how the Institution is run?

The key aim for the council should be making sure that new ideas and views are encountered and relating these ideas back to the Institution.. We should look for a broadened horizon and diversified view.

How would you persuade more graduate engineers to become qualified?

A major difficulty with the current ICE scheme is how timescale free it is. I think many graduates will leave university very interested in becoming qualified, but in the three or four years that follow get caught up in actual work with little knowledge of how they should have progressed. Admittedly the flexibility is invaluable for some, but a time based plan or some formality year on year would keep motivation higher and make sure that graduates sit their professional review as soon as they are individually able.

How would you promote the value of CPD?

The difficulty in encouraging CPD is not the fact that it is undervalued, but rather that it is often poorly organised and irrelevant. It’s tricky to get across information to a group of varying ages, specialisms and disciplines in an hour whilst they’re trying to eat lunch. How about encouraging cross-company CPDs? Sending all the grads at one firm across the road for lunch whilst the directors do the opposite, the costs would be split, presentations fitting and networking opportunities established. 

 

Lili Tao

Lili Tao

Lili Tao

Graduate engineer, Atkins

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Being selected as one of the ICE President’s Apprentices in 2008 has been the highlight of my career so far. The apprenticeship gives me the opportunity to shadow the ICE’s President for some of her presidential duties, contribute to the Institution affairs and directly liaise with senior members of the Institution.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession?

I strongly believe that climate change is the biggest long term challenge for the profession. Given the current economic circumstances, sustainable solutions, which are necessary for the prevention of climate change, are even harder to achieve.

What do you consider to be the greatest innovation in the history of engineering?

I believe that the greatest innovation is the rapid 3-D laser scanning technology, which is a device that analysis a real-world objectandcollectsdata on its shape. This is the most cost-effective and time-efficient way to conduct surveys for large scale public transportation projects.

Which do you think is the most important infrastructure project currently underway and why?  

The £5.5bn Thameslink Programme is the most important ongoing public transportation project, as it enhances the connection between North and South London. It delivers a higher capacity and frequency of trains which will cut journey times and ultimately benefits everyone in the Greater London area.

What single thing would you want to improve about ICE?

I would like the ICE to have a higher appreciation for and also give more consideration to Graduates and Students’ views on topics such as sustainable solutions. Graduates and Students should also have greater representation in the Institution,

What do you think ICE should focus on in influencing government?

I would suggest the ICE to focus on providing independent professional advice, for instance with regard to sustainable solutions, to the government departments and their infrastructure investment strategies.

How do you think all the engineering Institutions could work more closely together?

The establishment of technical advisory forums in which all Institutions are represented and industrial issues are discussed would certainly enhance the collaboration amongst the Institutions.

What one impact do you think Council can have on how the Institution is run?

The Council, as the governing body of the Institution, has great influence on the focus of the Institution. As such it is important that members of all levels and backgrounds are represented in the Council.

How would you persuade more graduate engineers to become qualified?

I would promote the value and recognition of the ICE Chartership through advertising campaigns to the general public and engineering industries nationally and internationally.  Graduate members would clearly acknowledge the value of the Chartership if they could see the real benefits of the qualification.

How would you promote the value of CPD?

Similar to my suggestions for the Chartership, I would recommend an advertising campaign focusing on the fact that CPD is necessary to keep up to date with industrial developments. CPD is a pre-requisite for every engineer to deliver the best possible solutions for clients.

 

Nick Warde

Nick Warde

Nick Warde

Graduate engineer, Babcock Marine

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Working for Babcock Marine I am involved with a number of projects that are encompassed within a Nuclear Licensed site and are directly in support of the UK’s Nuclear Submarine fleet, this very interesting and rewarding work.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession?

At the moment the biggest challenge for the profession is probably the recession but taking a longer term view I would say it is engaging with schools and students to ensure that there is an increase in the numbers embarking on engineering courses at all levels.

What do you consider to be the greatest innovation in the history of engineering?

Developments in computer software and especially CAD and FEA have probably had the greatest impact on engineering and allow us to construct some very complex structures and projects.

Which do you think is the most important infrastructure project currently underway and why?  

Nuclear Power Stations are probably the most important project at the moment as they offer some key challenges regarding design and construction to enable their eventual decommissioning.  They are obviously a contentious issue and it is a shame that there wasn’t more support initially for sustainable wave and tidal energy research and development.

What single thing would you want to improve about ICE?

I would like to improve the engagement the Institution has with schools and secondary education, I think we need to continue to inspire young people to want to become engineers.

What do you think ICE should focus on in influencing government?

I think there is still some way for projects to go in achieving true sustainability and maximizing their resources whilst minimizing their environmental impact; I believe more drive and direction from the government would help achieve this.

How do you think all the engineering institutions could work more closely together?

The institutions would benefit from jointly promoting and sponsoring events both on a local and national level whether they are CPD related or more social.  Inter-disciplinary interaction of the institutions can only benefit each institutions members and increase networking opportunities.

What one impact do you think Council can have on how the Institution is run?

The Council is key in representing the views of the members thereby shaping the Institution and encouraging its development whilst maintaining the fundamental values on which it is based.

How would you persuade more graduate engineers to become qualified?

It is important to engage with both graduates and employers to ensure that both parties can see the benefits of becoming Incorporated and Chartered Engineers.  If employers can see the benefits of having qualified engineers they will help encourage graduates to achieve that status.

How would you promote the value of CPD?

CPD shouldn’t be viewed as a chore that needs to be achieved to get a tick in a box.  I believe that in general, as a profession, we recognize that we are always learning and evolving our knowledge and it is important to promote CPD as being an extension of something that we are probably already doing. 

 

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