Alongside Christian in the Birmingham office, colleague Robert Mayou, Senior Engineer, was awarded Chartered status and Paul Lawrence, and Dominik McCormick were awarded Engineering Technician status, allowing them to use Eng Tech MICE after their names. Dominik at 18 was the youngest person ever to receive the Eng Tech MICE qualification.
Molly McKenzie, ICE East and West Midlands regional director, commented:
"Only five other people under the age of 32 have ever been awarded ICE Fellowship, so reaching this high grade is an exceptional achievement and I warmly congratulate Christian on reaching the higher echelons of civil engineering. This highly-respected accolade recognises a significant contribution to the civil engineering profession and seniority in the industry."
"I commend the commitment and dedication which Christian and Dominik have shown to achieve these milestones so early in their careers."
John Longthorne, Market Sector Director, Bridges and Structures, Europe, AECOM, commented: "Christian's achievement is a great example of how young engineers are helping to raise the profile of our profession to the next generation. At AECOM, we are always keen to support the ongoing development of our employees and we are proud that Christian has been recognised as one of the bright young minds of the industry."
Christian says he became an engineer because: "As a child, I was always interested in how materials behaved or how things were built. I was always trying to take a peek at construction sites to understand how structures were build."
"My advice for anyone considering a career in engineering is to simply go for it and not be afraid or intimidated by maths or physics. A career in engineering will reward you with every day technical challenges, diversity and also opportunities to travel and see the world and make a positive contribution to the social, ecological and built environments."
Some outstanding experiences for Christian have been: "The opportunity to work on the maintenance of Humber Bridge (UK's longest) and then subsequently exporting this experience to the US, acting as technical advisor for the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Memorial twin suspension bridges."
"More recently, I've been technical advisor to New Zealand Transport Agency and have had the opportunity to travel there frequently to advise on bridge durability matters."
"Most importantly though, becoming a father for the first time has been a life changing experience with invaluable and numerous exciting experiences!"
He added: "I was born in Athens, Greece where I spent my early years of teenage life and education. I then had the opportunity to move to the UK for higher education firstly in Cardiff, Wales – where my passion for Welsh rugby developed – and then to Birmingham working with AECOM and subsequently Loughborough University."
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