ICE President urges members to inspire young people



Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) President Professor Barry Clarke highlighted the three themes of his presidential year in a speech to the ICE North West on Friday.  “Inspire, Innovate, Inform” have been the focus of his time as ICE President.

Professor Clarke had visited Workington and Cockermouth during his time in the north west seeing how the civil engineering profession had helped the area recover from the floods of 2009.  Civil engineers have been central to these operations.

He highlighted how innovation is necessary in all areas of civil engineering, in education, in design and in construction.  Forecasting a global shortage of civil engineering skills in future years he urged the industry to inspire young people to enter the profession.  He referred to his visit to Cumbria businesses in the nuclear sector as examples of the challenges posed to those in engineering.

Professor Clarke spoke to 300 engineers at the dinner in Windermere on Friday evening.