University features in project celebrating engineers’ role in shaping the world

The University of Plymouth has been featured in a major project marking the 200th anniversary of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

To mark its bicentenary in 2018, ICE – in partnership with publisher St James’s House – has produced a commemorative album entitled Shaping the World.

The book showcases the 200 structures and engineering projects that have had the greatest impact on our lives, and celebrates the individuals and organisations that deliver the vital infrastructure we all rely on.

The University, which launched its School of Engineering in May 2017, is one of the organisations profiled in the book with a particular focus on its research into coastal engineering and offshore renewable energy.

Its chapter mentions the Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport (COAST) Laboratory, and how it is used by developers from across Europe, as well as a number of related courses such as the MSc Marine Renewable Energy and a new MSc in Advanced Engineering Design.

In the book Professor Deborah Greaves OBE, Head of the School of Engineering, says:

"Our strengths in coastal engineering and now marine renewable energy reflect our coastal location and heritage. When employers are looking for graduates with coastal expertise Plymouth is one of the first places they come to. Our plan for the future is to create an environment in which we nurture and inspire the next generation of outstanding engineers that our industries will need in the 21st century.”

Professor Deborah Greaves at the launch of Shaping the World

Shaping the World explores not only key stories of inspired engineering, but also sheds light on the major industries and commercial sectors that surround the discipline.

As well as boasting striking images designed to convey the magnitude and beauty of the featured engineering projects, the publication serves as a carefully curated guide to architects, consultants, infrastructure companies, environmental firms, industry-related educational institutions and other organisations whose preeminent status in their respective fields warrants their inclusion.

The book was launched during a special reception at the Institution’s headquarters just off Parliament Square in London, attended by around 500 people.

Nathan Baker, ICE director of Engineering Knowledge, said: 

“The projects selected for this book were agreed based on their impact across the globe and offer real insight into how infrastructure has truly shaped the world around us. The ICE 200 programme of activity has changed the way in which the Institution engages with the public. What you do is fantastic. You genuinely shape the world, and we need to tell the world about what you do.”

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