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Faster, more flexible routes to Chartered and Associate-Membership

Structural engineers now have more control over their routes to Professional Membership of the Institution.

Help shape the digital future of the Institution and win free membership for a year.

As a global organisation, the Institution aspires to offer world class online access and wants to make some ambitious changes. 

#thisisengineering - reshaping perceptions of engineering

The Royal Academy of Engineering launched its #ThisIsEngineering campaign on 24 January.

Don McQuillan appointed Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Engineering Design at Queens’ University Belfast

Congratulations to Don McQuillan FIStructE, who has been appointed Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Engineering Design at Queens’ University Belfast.

Institution Fellow awarded CBE in New Year’s Honours List

Congratulations to Dr Robin Sham FIStructE, who has been named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the United Kingdom’s New Year’s Honours List.

Event report: 5th DISC Conference - “High-tech concrete: where technology and engineering meet”

The 5th fibUK Developments in Structural Concrete (DISC) Conference took place on 29 November 2017 at The Institution of Structural Engineers’ headquarters in London.

Update: responding to the Grenfell Tower and Edinburgh Schools incidents

Chief Executive, Martin Powell, outlines the Institution response to the tragic disaster at Grenfell Tower in West London, and to the publication of the Cole Report into the Oxgangs School collapse.

A proud day for new members

Over 60 structural engineers attended Institution HQ on Friday 1 December to receive their certificates of membership from 2017 President, Ian Firth, and Chief Executive, Martin Powell. 

Tristram Carfrae announced as Master of Royal Designers

The Royal Society of Arts (RSA) has announced Tristram as incoming Master of the Faculty of Royal Designers for Industry, taking over from fashion designer, Betty Jackson.   

Institution Fellow appointed as assessor to Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Professor David Nethercot OBE, FREng, FIStructE has been appointed as an assessor to the Inquiry.

Election of members of the Board for 2018-19   

Voting by members of Council 2017 for the election of three members of the Board for 2018-19 closed at 12 noon GMT on 13 November 2017. The result is as follows: 

The Digital Workflows and Computational Design Panel

Ashley Kacha, the Institution's new Senior Engineer for Digital Workflows and Computational Design, outlines the work of the Institution's Panel and reports on his trip to Digital Construction Week 2017.

Prize awarded for outstanding exam paper

Congratulations to Mark Hill, who has been awarded the Denis Matthews Prize – presented for outstanding performance in the Associate-Membership examination.

New impact statement published in Structures

Read the latest impact statement in Structures in which Professor Chris Burgoyne (University of Cambridge) and Owen Mitchell (Mott MacDonald) introduce their paper on ‘Prestressing in Coventry Cathedral’.

Institution President made Honorary Fellow of RIBA

The Institution is delighted to congratulate 2017 President, Ian Firth, who has been conferred Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Creativity in Higher Education: four key points from the Academic Conference

Nick Russell and Tim Ibell summarise the key actions they took from the event.

Institution member elected Fellow of Royal Academy

Congratulations to Dr Sarah Williamson, who has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Beyond Edinburgh

Multiple fatality disasters are often only avoided by timing and luck.

New EEFIT reports

EEFIT have published the report into 2016's Japan earthquakes, and a report from a recent grant funded project.

James O’Callaghan wins Phoenix Award

Congratulations to James O’Callaghan MIStructE. James is the first structural engineer to receive the award.

Read the best of The Structural Engineer

Our annual People and Papers Awards recognise the best articles from our flagship publication. Read them here.

Outstanding Institution People

Congratulations to the winners of the Institution's 2017 People and Papers Awards.

Institution Member wins "Best Woman Structural Engineer" at WICE Awards

Congratulations to Rossella Nicolin MIStructE, who was recognised at the 2017 European Women in Construction and Engineering Awards, held on 24 May at the Hilton Bankside, London.

New Panel and Conference for Small Practitioners

The Institution has launched a new Small Practitioners Panel (SPP) to provide the best possible support to members working in businesses with seven employees or less. Here Panel member, Richard Gibson, outlines the aims and ambitions of the Panel and invites members to this year’s Small Practitioners Conference.

Second Expert Witness Award for Past President

Past President and Thomasons Director, Nick Russell, has been named "Expert of the Year" at the Expert Witness Awards 2017.

‘Editor’s choice’ – a new feature from Structures

The Institution is pleased to announce a new feature in the Structures research journal – ‘Editor’s choice’ articles.

Top Tips for the Institution of Structural Engineers’ Chartered Membership Exam

The Institution of Structural Engineers’ Chartered Membership Examination is one of the toughest exams of its kind. Only the very best pass the famously challenging seven-hour assessment, gaining the right to use the sought-after MIStructE post-nominal.

Amr Elnashai wins Keith Eaton Award

Institution Fellow Amr Elnashai is the recipient of the 2017 Keith Eaton Award.

Watch the 19th Young Researchers’ Conference

The Conference took place on 5 April 2017 - you can now watch the award-winning presentations and the keynote address by Professor Alan Champneys: “Structural Dynamics – the smooth and the nonsmooth”.

Member wins Emerging Engineers Award

Congratulations to EEFIT Student Member, Harriette Stone, who was presented with the ICE’s Emerging Engineers Award (EEA) for the London region on the 20 March, beating three other finalists to the prize.

The use of UAVs in post-earthquake reconnaissance

EEFIT funded research into the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in post-earthquake reconnaissance missions is now available.

Institution Fellow receives New Zealand Order of Merit

Congratulations to Richard Aitken, Executive Chairman of Beca, who received the Order of Merit in the New Zealand New Years Honours List.

New Digital Workflows and Computational Design Panel

Panel will help members keep pace with the rapid pace of technological development in design practice and address the widening gap between those familiar with digital workflows in the modern office space and those using more traditional methods.

New Humanitarian and International Development Panel

Panel will provide leadership for members, identifying where and how structural engineers can contribute to efforts to confront the challenges faced by the poorest and most vulnerable people around the world.  

Offering post-EU Referendum advice to the UK Government

A message from the Chief Executive, Martin Powell.

Institution creates New Seismic and Dynamic Events Panel 

Panel will build on the work of the Earthquake Engineering Advisory Working Group (EEAWG).

How I helped start a Young Members' Group

Michael Cortis (29), a Research Associate from Durham University, recently helped set up the Institution’s Northern Counties Young Members’ Group. Here he discusses how he established the Group and the benefits of getting involved.

Institution library: selected titles now available online

You can now borrow books from the Institution’s library at the click of a button! More than 80 titles from the library’s collection are available as electronic loans, wherever you are in the world, whatever the time of day.

Institution publications now available online

You can now access bestselling titles in the Institution bookshop at the touch of a button.

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