The Environment Agency's deputy director of flood and coastal risk management has been made a Fellow of the ICE.
Ian Hodge, a civil engineer from Hartlepool, has been at the organisation in a range of positions for nearly three decades.
He said: "I've enjoyed an incredible career with the Environment Agency and its predecessors spanning more than 27 years in a variety of roles focused on reducing the risk of flooding and coastal erosion across England.
"Becoming a chartered civil engineer and now being invited to become a fellow, the highest level of membership, is a humbling experience and a highlight of my career so far."
A rewarding career
Hodge added: “There's no better career choice than to become an engineer tackling some of society’s greatest challenges, whether this is about future clean energy, smart infrastructure or tackling climate change and increasing flood and coastal erosion risk.
"A career in civil engineering is incredibly rewarding and helps shape our society for the benefit of future generations.”
Penny Marshall, ICE North East regional director, said: “Respected internationally, ICE Fellowship is our highest grade of membership and a benchmark for those practising at the top level within the profession.
“Gaining ICE Fellowship is an exceptional achievement and I congratulate Ian on his success. We are proud to celebrate the contribution he has made to civil engineering.”