Bristol Engineers Success In Engineering Awards

3rd October, 2013
Four Bristol engineers have gained awards from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

Paul Johnston and Morteza Zohrabi, have been awarded Fellowship, while Andrew Dickson and Viswanatha Bachireddy, have been awarded Membership which gives them chartered status of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

ICE Fellowship is the highest grade of ICE membership for those practising at the top level within the civil engineering profession. This level of membership is awarded only to those with a position of responsibility in the planning, design, construction, maintenance or management of important engineering work.

ICE's professionally qualified grades of membership are internationally recognised and viewed as a benchmark of an engineer's competence and professional standing.

Trish Johnson ICE South West regional director commented: “Gaining ICE Fellowship is an exceptional achievement and I warmly congratulate Paul and Morteza on joining an elite group of civil engineers.

“Civil engineering is an important engineering discipline sitting 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 magnificent 2012 Olympic venues and surrounding infrastructure are also the work of our civil engineers.   

“Achieving Chartered Civil engineer status is a significant personal and career achievement and we welcome Andrew and Viswanatha into the ICE.”

Paul currently works as Chief Engineer for Atkins, Bristol. He said: “Civil engineering always gives you memories and achievements to look back on. I was attracted to the profession by the travel and by the way engineers work with nature to provide solutions to problems. I am very proud to have been recognised in this way.”

Morteza currently works as Pavement Asset Custodian for Skanska. He said: “I think that in today’s society, it is important to get into engineering as it provides an opportunity to deal with real life issues. I have been through a diverse career path that has seen me involved in the design and supervision of at least 300 diverse civil engineering projects, spanning over 30 years.”

Viswanatha, who also works for Atkins in Bristol said: “This is a fantastic achievement for me. In India, I designed household units to treat fluoride that could run without electricity. They were installed in several villages. I was so happy to see that villagers were able to drink clean treated water. I hope to encourage young graduates to become Civil Engineers and promote sustainability in our activities.”

Another Atkins engineer, Andrew Dickson said: “Obtaining chartered status is a great achievement and honour as it highlights your commitment to the profession.”

The opportunity to join ICE is available to civil engineers, technicians and technical/scientific specialists at every stage of their professional career, from students and apprentices to senior board directors.