PRESIDENT QUENTIN Leiper continued his tour of the country last week with his first official visit to ICE Yorkshire and Humber.
Spreading his message of sustainability, Leiper chaired a Question Time-style panel of speakers at Sheffield University last Thursday and debated the ultimate green engineering question: 'Can engineers save the world?' He was joined by fellow panellists Sheffield University Professor of Urban Water Richard Ashley, Yorkshire Forward sustainable development manager Stephen Brown and Engineers without Borders volunteer Ian Ball.
Their views were probed by an audience of students from Leeds, Bradford and Sheffield, plus ICE members and graduates.
The second day of his tour saw Leiper attend the Giant Tetrahedron Challenge in Leeds, a structural engineering competition to mark the start of National Science and Engineering Week.
Primary school pupils and ICE ambassadors teamed up to build an 8m by 8m by 8m 'mega tetrahedron' using only wooden rods and elastic bands.
ICE Yorkshire and Humber regional manager David Tattersall said: 'National Science and Engineering Week provides a perfect platform to take our educational activities to a wider audience.
'The emphasis of this activity is on the creative thinking required to overcome specific challenges. It gives pupils hands-on experience of being an engineer.' Leiper's visit to the region concluded with its annual dinner and Merit awards at the Majestic Hotel, Harrogate.
The main prize of the evening, the Yorkshire Award for Excellence in Engineering and Construction, went to the A161 Dutch River Swing Bridge Replacement at Goole.
For more details on the awards, see the attached Yorkshire and Humber Focus supplement.