The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has appointed its very first academic in residence, with assistance from the Ove Arup Foundation.
Professor Ian Guymer of the University of Warwick takes up the role to focus on projects that trailblaze new civil engineering interventions and work with others to identify and tackle major infrastructure challenges.
The newly-established role springs from ICE’s ‘Shaping the World‘ initiative, which aims to bring together the influential engineers and thinkers to address the key engineering challenges of our time.
Professor Guymer will draw on his experience as joint lead of University of Warwick’s Sustainable Cities Global Research Priority team to engage across the boundaries with other disciplines such as social sciences, economics, planning and computer sciences, and steer the initiative into priority areas such as resilience and innovation.
“It is an honour to be working with ICE to help enhance the impact of our essential global infrastructure,” said Professor Guymer. “While the technology and healthcare sectors have leapt forward into the future – innovating and experimenting – civil engineering has struggled to accelerate its pace of change.
“Climate change and technological innovations are disrupting construction activities around the world, presenting new challenges for civil engineers. To catalyse changes and advancements in the sector, the Shaping the World programme identifies and supports great ideas, nursing them to fruition.”