Meshi, 34, who works as a Flooding Protection Coordinator at Northumbrian Water's office in Pity Me near Durham, is now entitled to add the letters MICE to her name and adopt the Institution's own protected title of 'Chartered Civil Engineer'. ICE membership can be awarded to a wide range of engineers practising in the broad area of civil engineering.
Originally from Cameroon, Meshi studied at the University of Bradford before moving to the North East. 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 North East 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, the East Coast Main Line and the Tyne Tunnel are examples of civil engineering projects that benefit the North East on a daily basis."
"Achieving ICE membership is a significant personal and career achievement and we welcome Meshi into the ICE."
Meshi said "Becoming a chartered engineer and a member of the ICE is the highlight of my career so far, it has been my ambition since my first year at university. I was first inspired to become a civil engineer by my father, who is in the profession. I'm looking forward to the new opportunities that this will bring, both in my own career and in how I can help to develop the next generation of engineers, especially female engineers."