ICE Fellow

Become a fellow

ICE Fellowship, the highest grade of membership, recognises the significant contribution you’ve made to society. It shines a light on you as a civil engineer and your achievements as a leader in the profession, no matter where you are in the world.

Why become a Fellow?

As an ICE Fellow, you’ll gain the ultimate recognition for your knowledge, ability and experience. This will positively increase your status amongst your peers, at your workplace and across your network. Not only that, you’ll be an ambassador of the profession and someone who can shape the future of ICE and industry.

As a Fellow, you will get all of ICE’s member benefits, plus:

  • Increase your status through the use of post-nominal FICE
  • Achieve greater influence by shaping ICE’s and the industry’s future
  • Be a role model and inspire the next generation by passing on your knowledge to students and young professionals
  • Share your wealth of expertise with the wider built environment profession by contributing to conferences, publications and seminars

Who's it for?

Fellowship is for those who have lead the promotion, planning, design, construction, maintenance or management of major projects. It could also involve playing a part in changing policy for the sector in general.

Fellowship can be awarded in other ways too: for expertise in a technical subject area, or for engineering education and training. Applying for Fellowship is straightforward, and you don’t have to be a member to apply.

Meet our Fellows

Want to know more? Hear from other ICE Fellows about their journey to Fellowship and how it benefits them.

  • Stacy Dowding CEng FICE

    Stacy Dowding

    I am very proud to have gained recognition for my achievements from those that gained Fellowship before me. Becoming a Fellow has given me a boost in confidence and with that, the personal satisfaction that all the challenges I have overcome have been worth the effort.

    When I started out in my career, I was the only female engineer in my team and not all of my colleagues were supportive of my role in the sector.

    Fortunately, I had the support of colleagues who encouraged me to persevere in the role. From that moment onwards, I was determined to prove that I was just as capable as my colleagues and never wanted to be questioned again on my abilities. I sought out different opportunities, such as working on-site with site staff for a contractor, working in design offices for consultancies and in client teams for local authorities, to understand all sides of developing and implementing projects.

    I have so many career highlights too! From studying civil engineering part-time whilst working in consulting to liaising with site foremen and construction crews, and leading high-profile multi-discipline projects, and continually developing my technical and leadership skills.

    I’m currently leading several active travel cycling projects and it is exciting to see them being implemented and contributing to more sustainable travel.

    As my career progressed, I realised that the ultimate and unquestionable recognition would be to gain Fellowship. So that’s what I did!

    If you are thinking of applying for Fellowship, just go for it! Although the process for gaining the ICE Fellowship isn’t as intensive compared with CEng, take your time to build sufficient evidence to meet the criteria. Also, seek out your sponsors early and discuss which attributes you think you will be best aiming for.

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  • Kenneth Chan CEng FICE

    Kenneth Chan

    Becoming an ICE Fellow is an important milestone in my career. It is greatly satisfying to have my knowledge, ability and experience recognised by ICE and my peers. Fellowship provides me with opportunities to work with and learn from enthusiastic professionals who share common values and ambitions.

    I have never thought of being an ICE Fellow until I was encouraged by one of the ICE members during a networking event in Hong Kong.

    I’m a Chartered Engineer with over 21 years of civil and geotechnical engineering experience in consulting engineering firms. I work closely with a wide range of clients and across different engineering disciplines to deliver technically complex projects with innovative and sustainable solutions.

    Looking back at my career, I was blessed with countless opportunities to make use of my teams’ knowledge and skills to deliver high profile projects on time and within budget.

    After I was approached by the ICE member, I sought help from the local ICE Regional Director. I was happy that I met the eligibility criteria after the consultation. It further reinforced my desire to apply for Fellowship. I saw achieving Fellowship as the next step in my career so I was determined to go through with the application. I am so proud that I took that step.

    I’m one of the mentors registered with ICE and since I became a Fellow, I received more requests from young members seeking career advice. I’m so pleased that I’m able to share my experience and knowledge with budding civil engineers more than before.

    In my current job, I also have an increased opportunity to facilitate and influence business development with new clients and draw talented professionals to work on those projects.

    Applying for Fellowship is very straightforward and could be done entirely online. If you are an experienced civil engineer or in a senior position in the industry, I would encourage you to apply for Fellowship. It is the next step to advance your career – it certainly did it for me.

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  • Professor Susan Gourvenec PhD FIEAust FICE

    Professor Susan Gourvenec

    I applied to become a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers because is an honour in the profession that I am proud to be a part of. The Fellowship provides the opportunity to be part of a community of similarly passionate and committed professionals, and provides a platform and chances of giving back to the profession.

    Currently, I work for the University of Southampton as Professor of Offshore Geotechnical Engineering and Deputy Director of the Southampton Marine & Maritime Institute. I relocated back to the UK a couple of years ago having spent 17 years at the University of Western Australia.

    My role at the University of Southampton is varied – I develop and deliver undergraduate and post-graduate teaching, supervise student research projects, lead programmes of research to advance engineering design and work on industry projects to apply research outcomes in practice. My leadership role of the Southampton Marine & Maritime Institute provides the opportunity to bring together more than 400 academics across all disciplines of the university and our large network of industry, government and community partners to provide multi-disciplinary solutions to marine and maritime challenges. I also chair the School of Engineering Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, coordinate the University’s corporate civil engineering scholarship scheme that matches undergraduates with industry sponsors for summer work placement and I represent the University of Southampton in the Worldwide University Network on the responding to climate change global challenge steering group.

    Beyond my university role, I have been involved in international standards development for several years and was recently elected as Convenor of the ISO working group responsible for the development of international standards for offshore foundations and site investigation.

    Over the course of my career, I have worked on projects that range from investigation of the performance of the Victorian tunnels in London to developing enabling technologies for construction in the deep ocean. Having the opportunity to work on projects that span the frontiers of engineering design of 150 years ago to the frontiers of today is fantastic. Although, irrespective of the scale, history or novelty of a project, it is the people that you work with that make a job interesting and rewarding.

    My proudest achievement in civil engineering is training – and hopefully inspiring – students for a career in civil engineering. It is also always fantastic to see research outcomes being adopted in a commercial environment. I am also immensely proud of being elected a Fellow of the ICE.

    Applying for Fellowship was a straightforward process. The team at ICE were very responsive if ever I had a question and three fellow engineers who I have known for most of my career generously sponsored my application with letters of support.

    I was delighted when I opened the letter announcing that I had been elected as a Fellow of the ICE and excited by the prospect of what experiences it might lead to. Perhaps similar feelings to prospective university students opening their A-level results and finding what they hoped for.

    I certainly never expected to be a Fellow of the ICE when I opened my A-level results, or indeed when I graduated and began my career. It has been a remarkable journey so far and I am looking forward to the road ahead.

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  • David Loe CEng FICE

    David Loe

    My current role HEB Construction Ltd is a contracts manager in the National Projects division. I’m also the company’s graduate training champion. Prior to this role, I was the project director for the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery Alliance (NCTIR). The Alliance was formed to rebuild road and rail assets devastated by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Kaikōura in 2016.

    Without a doubt, the Kaikōura earthquake rebuild was my “best job ever”! Not only was it hugely challenging, but it was also definitely rewarding. All jobs have a human element, whether it is the team around you and the workforce or the affected local residents. But on the NCTIR Alliance, it felt like the whole country was behind us, pushing to get the country reconnected. It wasn’t just the physical stuff, but hearts and minds too. Our vision was “Moving Mountains to Reconnect Communities” and I can tell you that there is nothing better than giving back lifeblood to the community, whether getting trains running again, reopening the harbour or seeing the public use the main highway. Leading that sort of project was the proudest moment in my career as a civil engineer.

    I was inspired to become a civil engineer because I had thought the profession might suit my love of the outdoors and problem-solving. But it wasn’t until I spent a long hot summer in 1976 working for Sir Robert McAlpine on their rig construction site at Ardyne Point on the Clyde that my heart was set.

    When I was setting out on my career, I never dreamt I’d ever attain FICE but after nearly 40 years in the industry, anything is possible! It wasn’t until one of the New Zealand committee members asked me, I hadn’t really considered applying to be a Fellow of ICE. Putting the application together didn’t take me long. This was partly because I was helped by another Fellow and my record keeping was up-to-date.

    Being a Fellow of ICE gives me an “inner warmth” feeling. It is also a vindication that you are doing and have done things the right way, and that this is appreciated by my peers. If you think you have made a significant contribution to the profession and the society, then take the next step and get the validation from your peer to become an ICE Fellow.

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How to apply for Fellowship

The Fellowship guidance document provides full details on the process and the attributes you will need to demonstrate. Reading this document will highlight what you need to include with your application.

There are also videos that will give you further details on what you need to show in your application.

Alternatively, we can assess your suitability before applying by supplying an up-to-date CV (maximum of 4 pages of A4), containing your personal achievements. It would also be helpful to indicate which of the Fellowship attributes you are considering applying against.

For advice on applying, or to have a preliminary assessment, please contact your Regional Director or International contact.

How much does it cost?

You will pay a non-refundable fee when you apply. When you have been awarded Fellowship, you just need to continue to pay an annual membership fee to enjoy the benefits of being an ICE Fellow. Details on the cost are available on our fees page.

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Get recognition for your contribution to the engineering profession and shine a light on your achievements as an ICE Fellow.

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