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Associate Professor Trevor Orr Elected to Fellowship of the Institution of Civil Engineers

4th April 2016

The Institution of Civil Engineers in London has announced that Trevor Orr has been made a Fellow (FICE).  ICE fellows are successful and highly-respected civil engineering professionals who have achieved in-depth technical expertise in their engineering roles and have provided leadership in the development of the profession. While the ICE has a large membership distributed all over the world, only 6% of its members are Fellows. Indeed there is currently only one other FICE in Ireland, so it is a very rare distinction and honour for an academic to become a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

The attributes upon which Trevor was made a Fellow are:

  • His involvement in and major contributions to the development of Eurocode 7, the new European standard for geotechnical design, for over 30 years and related research into the use of statistics and reliability in geotechnical design;
  • His presentation of 17 keynote or invited lectures, mainly on Eurocode 7;
  • His co-authorship of 2 books and authorship of chapters in 5 books;
  • His authorship of over 150  journal and conference papers on Eurocode 7 and other aspects of engineering;
  • His contributions to the civil engineering profession through being:
                    - current editor of the journal ICE Proceedings: Geotechnical  Engineering,
                    - a member of several journal editorial panels,
                    - a member of a number of international committees, some as chair, and
                    - involved in the organisation of numerous conferences and workshops, many held in TCD, over the last 30 years.      

Trevor’s election to FICE also recognises his unique contribution to the continuing professional development of engineers in Ireland through his leadership of professional diploma courses in TCD. As Director of the Graduate School of Professional Engineering Studies for the past 20 years and Director of the Fire Safety Practice and Project Management postgraduate diploma courses for many years, Trevor has provided professional education to thousands of engineers aiming to advance their careers by studying technical subjects at postgraduate level. These courses help to ensure that engineering industries in Ireland operate to the highest contemporary standards and are able to compete globally in competitive markets. The very successful Project Management diploma courses is in its 38th year and has recently been ranked as the 4th best postgraduate Project Management course in Europe.

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