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In a rapidly changing environment, how might engineering and the role of the engineer adapt? Come along to the round table discussion and have your say on topics such as:
What is the purpose of Institutions in the modern engineering world and how will they be relevant in the next 200 years? Will there be need for institutions? Are super-institutions the future?
In light of the ICE's recently published "Delivering A Northern Infrastructure Strategy", what do we need to make the concept of the Northern Powerhouse a reality and what may get in the way?
Given the widely publicised troubles faced by some companies in the industry, how should the industry react? How do we help prevent this happening again?
In a world where engineers tackle the problems that face society like climate change and population growth, Are we destined to be invisible superheroes? What do we need to do to be more prominent in the eyes of society?
The event will feature current ICE President, Professor Lord Robert Mair.
The open discussion will run from 18:30-20:30 with a buffet reception and networking from 18.00. There will also be an opportunity for socialising and networking after the event.
Robert Mair is Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering at Cambridge University, where until recently he was the Sir Kirby Laing Professor of Civil Engineering and Head of Civil Engineering. He was Master of Jesus College 2001-2011 and Senior Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering 2008-2011. Before he was appointed to a Professorship at Cambridge in 1998 he worked in industry for 27 years, in 1983 founding the Geotechnical Consulting Group, an international consulting company based in London. He was awarded the ICE Gold Medal in 2004 and the President's Medal in 2013.
His research group at Cambridge specializes in the geotechnics of tunnelling and underground construction. He has advised on numerous tunnelling and major civil engineering projects in the UK and worldwide, including the Jubilee Line Extension project for London Underground. He introduced the technique of compensation grouting to the UK; this was successfully used to protect Big Ben from movement due to construction of the adjacent Westminster Station and the technique has now been adopted world-wide. He has been closely involved with Crossrail, Europe's largest civil engineering project, and was a member of its Engineering Expert Panel. He is also advising on the Thames Tideway and HS2 projects. He is Chairman of the Science Advisory Council of the Department of Transport.
He also leads the Centre on Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) at Cambridge, involving the innovative use of the latest sensor technologies to monitor the behaviour of civil engineering infrastructure. He chaired the Royal Society/Royal Academy of Engineering Report on Shale Gas for the Government, published in 2012. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2007 and awarded the CBE in 2010 for services to Engineering.
He was appointed an independent crossbench peer in the House of Lords in 2015, and is a member of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology.
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