The new president of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Jeremy Watson, has said that he wants to use his term to champion greater cross-disciplinary working and inclusivity.
Watson is currently professor of engineering systems and vice dean in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at University College London, as well as chief scientist and engineer at the Building Research Establishment (BRE). He was formerly chief scientific advisor for the Department of Communities and Local Government, and Arup’s global research director.
Watson replaces the IET’s first female president Naomi Climer.
“During my term as IET president, I will be highlighting the increasingly integrated and cross-disciplinary approach to engineering training, formation and practice,” he said.
“Greater inclusivity and diversity are also key opportunities for our profession, and one of the new ways I will be supporting this is by launching a new appeal to help give additional financial support to talented people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to pursue an engineering career.
“In a world where technology is moving faster than ever before, I believe we need to think more broadly and remove unnecessary barriers that might be discouraging more young people from becoming engineers. In other words, we need to be more inclusive about inspiring and recruiting the next generation of engineers.”