I would like to congratulate all the winners of the recent NCE Graduate of the Year awards, but in particular Zeena Farook, Tom Newby and Robin Campbell, who chose to donate their prize winnings to the student non-governmental organisation Engineers Without Borders (News 7 December 2006).
In the process they also levered a further £11,000 within half an hour from industry leaders attending the event. I hope that's just the start.
I rst came into contact with Engineers Without Borders (EWB) when I was chair of the ICE's Presidential Commission - serendipitously called 'Engineering without Frontiers' - to enquire into the engineer's role in the delivery of the UN's Millennium Development Goals.
EWB's input to that inquiry was pivotal.
The ommission's recommendations were wholeheartedly endorsed by ICE's Council and are now incorporated into its business plan.
The Institution has a dedicated International Development Policy Group that will be addressing tasks such as:
Scaling up the delivery of the UN's Millennium Development Goals
Developing the role of professional institutions in international development
Responding to the effects of climate change and its relationship with world poverty.
As members of EWB have amply demonstrated, engineering's youth have the ability, commitment and the vision to make a difference and build a better world.
It is now the turn of individual engineers and the wider engineering community to respond in real terms. Our engineering youth have laid down the challenge. We must not fail to respond.
Paul Jowitt, ICE vicepresident, 1 Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA