University of Cambridge professor of geotechnical engineering Lord Mair will today become the 153rd president of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).
Mair’s presidency will coincide with the 200th anniversary of the ICE in 2018 and his theme for his year in office will focus on the influence of civil engineers over the last 200 years.
According to the ICE, Mair’s theme of “Transforming Infrastructure, Transforming Lives – Building on 200 years”, addresses how civil engineering has changed radically over 200 years, and outlines how civil engineers today are as innovative and dedicated to solving problems now, as they ever were.
“Throughout my career, I have seen first-hand how engineers can transform lives and I am excited at the prospect of a whole new era of smart technology,” he said. “I plan to use the opportunity of my presidency to help make the profession of civil engineering fit for a digital future and ready for the potential changes to the way infrastructure is delivered. “I see a great and vibrant future for our profession, for infrastructure and for the lives of every person on this planet, regardless of who they are or where they were born. The challenge now is to encourage young people from all backgrounds to join us in this profession, one which has the power – and the responsibility – to literally change the world for the better.” Lord Mair’s presidency of ICE will run from November 2017 to November 2018. During his year in office he will tour ICE’s regional and international offices, promoting civil engineering to the general public. He will also be taking part in a series of activities throughout the year that will use the 200th anniversary of the institution to illustrate to the public the direct impact that civil engineering has on their lives.