North Yorkshire civil engineer awarded prestigious membership

North Yorkshire engineer Stephanie Deuchars has been awarded membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). Stephanie now joins an elite group of 86,000 professionals worldwide who design, build and maintain our transport, water, energy, waste and flood infrastructure.

Stephanie Deuchars collects her certificate from ICE Vice President Professor Tim Broyd
Stephanie Deuchars collects her certificate from ICE Vice President Professor Tim Broyd

Stephanie, 29, Project Engineer at North Yorkshire County Council, is now entitled to add the letters MICE to her name. ICE membership can be awarded to a wide range of engineers practising in the broad area of civil engineering.

Brought up in Thirsk, Stephanie was educated at Thirsk High School and Teesside University, before following her father into the civil engineering profession. She was presented with her membership certificate by ICE Vice President Professor Tim Broyd at a special ceremony held at ICE's headquarters in Westminster.

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 infrastructure. The A1 motorway upgrades, the new southern entrance to Leeds Station and the Humber Bridge are examples of civil engineering projects that benefit our region on a daily basis."

"Achieving ICE membership is a significant personal and career achievement and we welcome Stephanie into the ICE."

On receiving her membership Stephanie said "My dad is a civil engineer. While he hasn't always worked on the big glamorous jobs, his work has benefited local people. Resurfacing road, footways, providing bus shelters and fixing drainage issues; not all these jobs are straight forward, I liked the challenge of solving problems.

"I like the fact that engineering is so diverse and no matter how far along in your career you are there is always the opportunity to move into a different field. I'd say to young people still in school that civil engineering is a good career, there is so much diversity in the types of work we do, not to mention the opportunity to help make society a safer, healthier place."