Ben Wright and Paul Ahdal have both been awarded membership of the ICE after passing its Member Professional Review and Chartered Professional Review respectively, for which they can both add the letters MICE to their names. Ben becomes an Incorporated Civil Engineer, and Paul can now adopt the title of 'Chartered Civil Engineer'.
Both are graduates of Leeds Beckett University and now work in the city, Ben for Mouchel, while Paul, who also studied at the University of Leeds, works for Amey.
The ICE is an influential body which represents more than 86,000 civil engineers and technicians from across the world. Its professionally qualified grades of membership are internationally recognised and highly valued. Attainment of these is widely viewed as a significant achievement and a benchmark of an engineer's competence and professional standing.
Penny Marshall, ICE Yorkshire and Humber Regional Director, commented: "Civil engineering sits right at the heart of society. It is all about shaping, improving and protecting the infrastructure that we all depend on in our day-to-day lives – from bridges, roads and railways right through to energy networks and water and waste systems.
"Achieving ICE membership is a significant personal and career achievement and I would like to welcome both Ben and Paul as corporate members of the ICE, and congratulate them on their significant accomplishments."
Ben said: "At school I favoured maths and physics, a career in engineering was the next logical step. I would advise the school children of today to consider engineering if they enjoy daily challenges, meeting people and are practical-minded and enjoy problem solving."
Paul added: "I stumbled into civil engineering on the advice of a careers advisor because I didn't know what I wanted to do. The best thing about engineering is that you get to see your work come to life."