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Tribute paid to murdered engineering student

Murdered engineering student David Miller was “real quality” and a great loss to the profession, a senior industry figure said this week.

Former ICE president Barry Clarke is now a professor at the University of Leeds, where he worked closely with Miller recently on a project for the student’s civil and structural engineering degree.

The 24-year-old was killed on Koh Tai island in Thailand last week, along with fellow backpacker Hannah Witheridge.

Clarke said Miller had been due to take up a civil engineering placement at a mining company in Australia this summer, before returning to complete the final year of his degree.

“David was a real star student; real quality,” said Clarke. “I worked with him on a project in his third year. We designed a project around the mining industry. He was particularly interested in the impact of sustainability and climate change on the future of the mining industry.”

Clarke said Miller was expected to attain a first class degree. “He was more than an excellent student,” he said.

“He was very personable; you could have a conversation with him,” he added. “The industry has lost someone.”

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