ICE Fellow

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Fellowship, our highest grade of membership, is for civil engineers and technicians who've made a big contribution to the profession. Fellows and prospective Fellows are often known and respected in the industry for their expertise.

Why become a Fellow?

ICE Fellowship recognises your high level of knowledge, ability and experience. This recognition positively affects how your peers, employers and clients see you. So if you're an experienced civil engineering professional or academic, or in a senior position in the industry, becoming a Fellow can really increase your status.

As a Fellow you'll get all of our standard member benefits, plus:

  • The post nominal letters 'FICE' to use after your name
  • Our ICE Fellows’ stamp (logo) to use on websites, stationery etc
  • The opportunity to shape ICE policy by joining an expert panel, or through events and online discussions
  • ICE and peer recognition for your contribution to the profession
  • The opportunity to 'give back' as a mentor or ambassador to young people

Who's it for?

If you've been involved in important engineering work in a senior position, you could become a Fellow.

This responsibility includes heading up 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. You can apply to become a Fellow even if you're not an ICE member.

Meet our Fellows

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

  • 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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  • 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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How much does it cost?

Fellowship subscription rates depend on your location:

  • £409.00 per year (members in the UK)
  • £310.75 per year (members outside the UK)

If you're earning less than £16,286 a year, you might qualify for a reduced membership rate of £67.50.

What do you need to apply for Fellowship?

The Fellowship guidance document provides full details on the process and the attributes you will need to demonstrate. Please ensure that you read this document so that you are fully aware of what you need to provide with your application.

Please note that if you would like us to assess your suitability for Fellowship before applying formally, you can first contact your Regional Support Team or the Fellowship Executive at [email protected] for advice. To obtain a preliminary assessment, you will need to send us an up to date CV (4 sheets of A4 maximum) setting out your personal achievements.

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