Kate Hall FICE

I’d always had a fascination about how and why buildings stayed up. While considering my career options at A-level, I attended a Women Into Science and Engineering course which looked at all areas of engineering. 

Kate Hall
Kate Hall

During the course we tested a massive concrete beam to destruction and I thought; now that’s what I want to do.

It’s fantastic to be able to make a real difference as an engineer and, in my employer Arup’s words, 'shape a better world'.

Earlier in my career I worked on the design of the station for Hong Kong's new airport. When the project was finished, I used the station I had helped to build when I flew home from the new airport. This was an amazing feeling and made me realise that I’d contributed to changing people’s lives for the better.

More recently I led the engineering design team for the London 2012 Olympic Park. Being able to see, touch and use what you have worked hard to deliver, makes you so proud. That’s what gets you up and into work every day.

I joined ICE as a student member and became a fellow a few years ago. I hadn’t considered going for fellowship until a colleague suggested that I look into it. The process was actually quicker and simpler than I had imagined.

I think fellowship helps to show your achievements and progress in the industry. It also reflects your length of service and status as a civil engineering professional.

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