UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


IEDE students win Institution of Civil Engineers Summer Projects Initiative

28 October 2020

Engineering and Architectural Design MEng students, Michael Kierat and Sheryl Wylie have won the ICE Summer Project Initiative 2020.

Bridge in London

Large numbers of internships and work placements have been cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic so the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) piloted its very first summer project scheme for student members to give them an opportunity to gain valuable experience to aid their professional development and get a head start towards becoming professionally qualified with ICE.

The initiative was trialled throughout July and August with 53 students across 18 teams. Each team was assigned a supervisor who designed work packages for them to complete based on real-life civil engineering projects. Engineering and Architectural Design MEng students Michael Kierat and Sheryl Wylie were tasked with the replacement of the biggest bridge in a certain European country. Their task was to develop detailed proposals for the removal of the existing West Bridge and a replacement bridge of similar geometry.

Michael said:

Working on a real-life project felt very inspiring”

Sheryl said:

I would highly recommend it for any student who is looking for work related experience over the summer”

Following the success of this initiative, ICE will be considering how to further develop and expand the programme in 2021.

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