I sympathise with Stephen Banks in not being recognised as a chartered professional in the US and wish him well with his intended studies.
He can take comfort that, judged on their academic basis at early stages in their careers, Brunel, Stephenson, and Telford would equally have not gained admission.
Now retired, I have seen many instances of the 'UK/US special relationship'.
During a stay in a rather expensive holiday hotel in Austria, we British engineers were treated very much as poor relations by our wealthy American counterparts with whom we were sharing.
Until, that is, I introduced one of our party, Sir George Collett Bart, who had known King George VI and Winston Churchill. After which, of course, we were in constant demand.
After Mr Banks has passed his US exams, perhaps he will let us all know whether the US is justified in its stance. This may provide hard evidence for the ICE to try yet again to achieve recognition.
DD Turner (M), 35 Southside, Middridge, Newton Aycliffe, Co Durham, DL5 7JE