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President's Inaugural Address: Engineering contributions to humanity through the ages and challenges for 2050

Our future as structural engineers is likely to be very exciting as society grapples with some of humanity’s most pressing needs: the effects of climate change, migration, increasing urbanisation and automation; infrastructure deficits in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world; the impact of robotics; and the ongoing quest for the development and use of new materials are some of the issues to be confronted by our membership.

Over the coming years, if the structural engineering profession is to remain relevant, we will have to embrace changes to our engineering education and to our work practices, as well as seeing changes in the way the Institution interacts with its membership.

I am greatly honoured to have been elected President of this Institution for 2019. When I look at the roll of honour of Past Presidents and see the names of so many distinguished people who have made enormous contributions to the discipline of structural engineering, I am truly humbled to be in such august company. I hope that you will not be disappointed in the trust and faith that has been bestowed on me as the 99th President of The Institution of Structural Engineers.

A tradition has formed in previous inaugural addresses for the President to indulge in some of their interests and perhaps share some views on the profession; mine will be no different.

Author(s): J. Kindregan