The ICE has appointed University of Warwick professor of civil engineering Ian Guymer as its first ever academic in residence.
He will work with ICE members and industry leaders to identify new areas where civil engineers can help tackle the challenges facing the world.
He will use his experience as joint lead of University of Warwick’s Sustainable Cities Global Research Priority team to engage with other disciplines such as social sciences, economics, planning and computer sciences. He is also an expert on the mixing and transportation of pollutants in drinking water, rivers and coastal environments.
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The ICE’s Shaping the World initiative brings together leading civil engineers to address the major infrastructure challenges of our time. Guymer will focus on projects that trailblaze new civil engineering interventions and work in partnership with others to pilot new ideas. The Ove Arup Foundation and the Gatsby Foundation, established by David Sainsbury, have helped to fund the post.
Harnessing the knowledge of the ICE’s 88,000-strong membership, Guymer’s insight will help catalyse the initiative’s work programme, which will inform ICE efforts to help policymakers tackle priority issues like resilience and innovation.
“It is an honour to be working with the ICE to help enhance the impact of our essential global infrastructure,” said Guymer.
“Civil engineering is the vehicle of civilisations, but is stalling at a critical time in history.
“While the technology and healthcare sectors have leapt forward into the future – innovating and experimenting – civil engineering has struggled to accelerate its pace of change.
“Humanity is entering an age where machines can think for themselves and cities grow beyond the tens of millions. Climate change and technological innovations are disrupting construction activities around the world – presenting new challenges for civil engineers. To catalyse changes and advancements in the sector, the Shaping the World programme identifies and supports great ideas, nursing them to fruition.”
ICE director general, Nick Baveystock, added: “As industry thought leaders, the ICE’s members and partners can help turn knowledge into action by developing solutions to the complex problems we face.
“In keeping with ICE’s heritage of fostering best practice in civil engineering, projects supported by the Shaping the World Appeal should demonstrate a rigorous and evidence based approach. Professor Guymer will advise the Appeal’s Programme Development Group on what projects to take forward for the campaign.”