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CSIC’s Head, Professor Robert Mair to join the Institution of Civil Engineer’s (ICE) Presidential Team for 2014/15

Professor Mair CBE is one of two new Vice Presidents to be elected to the ICE professional body, the other being Zara Lamont OBE. Both will join current Vice Presidents Sir John Armitt, Tim Broyd, Keith Clarke, Adrian Coy and Stephen Fox and will work with ICE’s incoming President, David Balmforth, from November this year.


The team of Vice Presidents forms part of ICE’s Council, consisting of the President, Immediate Past President and 34 elected members. Meeting four times per year, the Council’s role is to act as a 'reservoir' of knowledge in the field of civil engineering, discuss the strategic direction of the Institution, set its policy, and education, training and professional qualifications.

As a world-leading expert on civil and environmental engineering, Professor Mair’s appointment will bring a combination of academic excellence and professional expertise to the role. As well as leading CSIC, he is also the Sir Kirby Laing Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Cambridge and has advised on many notable, large-scale underground engineering projects, including the Jubilee Line Extension, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and metro projects in Amsterdam, Rome and Singapore. He is also a member of Crossrail’s Engineering Expert Panel and gave evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Crossrail, currently Europe's largest civil engineering project.

“I am honoured to have been elected as a Vice-President of the ICE and look forward to working closely with the Presidential Team,” says Professor Mair. "My particular interest will be promoting new frontiers of technology and innovation in civil engineering, which is very much aligned with CSIC’s objective to integrate latest sensor technologies into modern infrastructure and construction.”

The ICE Council has also confirmed Professor Mair’s election as succeeding Vice President from November 2014, with a view to him becoming President in November 2017, subject to an interim annual election by the Council.

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