The Institution of Civil Engineers has appointed University of Warwick professor Ian Guymer as its first academic in residence.
Guymer will work with ICE members and industry leaders to identify where he thinks the civil engineering profession can contribute to overcoming major global challenges.
He will advise the programme development group of the Shaping the World Appeal – which tackles major infrastructure problems – on what projects to take forward.
Guymer said: “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.”
Guymer’s work at the University of Warwick addresses urban issues of overcrowding, transport, housing, public health and infrastructure.