ICE President, Professor Lord Robert Mair, met with Yorkshire and Humber members as part of a two day trip which included an address to award nominees at the region's annual ICE awards ceremony.
Lord Mair began his visit by taking part in an open discussion with ICE members at an event organised by the Yorkshire & Humber Graduates and Students' Committee. Topics discussed included the purpose of institutions in the modern engineering world and their relevance in the next 200 years; the ICE's recently published "Delivering a Northern Infrastructure Strategy" and how civil engineering could become more prominent in society. The President also presented Quest scholarships to five successful young engineers.
On the next part of the visit, the President met with the region's Fellows to hear about their valuable contribution to civil engineering and to discuss the aspirations and inform the direction of the Institution. The next stop was Leeds Beckett University, where the President visited researchers who demonstrated the use of microbial technologies in infrastructure and third world water purification techniques.
Before travelling to Harrogate for the ICE Yorkshire and Humber Gala Dinner and Awards, Lord Mair was shown around the Leeds South Bank development by CITU, where he learned about the site's use of modular housing construction and cutting-edge sustainable design, which on completion will double the size of Leeds city centre to create 35,000 new jobs and over 8,000 new homes.
Lord Mair, said: "It was inspiring to visit an impressive showcase of developments within the Yorkshire and Humber region and see how civil engineering continues to push the boundaries and build on its strong, established roots in the area and follow in the footsteps of the region's great pioneers of civil engineering. I was very interested to see the innovation, both in research and industry and hear about the new skills that are being offered to civil engineering apprentices, to enable them to embrace new ways of working."
Penny Marshall, Regional Director of the ICE Yorkshire and Humber, said: "I would like to thank Lord Mair for taking the time to visit members in Yorkshire and Humber, who I know appreciated the opportunity to talk to him and share their views."