ICE presents outstanding achievement award to Dublin city engineer
14 July 2015
Michael Phillips, city engineer at Dublin City Council, has been awarded the inaugural Engineer of the Year Award for outstanding achievement and contribution to the civil engineering industry in Ireland by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Republic of Ireland region.
Phillips, a former president of Engineers Ireland, was honoured by his civil engineering peers for his outstanding contribution to civil engineering in Ireland and, in particular, his significant achievements as Dublin city engineer.
Projects such as the two iconic Santiago Calatrava bridges spanning the Liffey – the James Joyce Bridge built in 2003 and the Samuel Beckett Bridge built in 2009 – were championed by Phillips and now grace Dublin city centre. They stand as evidence to the significant improvements in the vibrancy of our capital city.
A city engineer with Dublin City Council since 2006, he has also been director of traffic with additional responsibilities including co-ordination of Transport 21 projects such as planning for the construction of Metro North and Dart underground.
In 2003, Phillips was elected as a Fellow of Engineers Ireland and, in 2004, he was elected Fellow of ICE (London).
He began his career as an assistant resident engineer on the Grand Tunnel Scheme in Dublin in the mid-1970s. After spending a number of years in Calabar, Nigeria – working in all aspects of civil engineering on a major harbour complex on a greenfield site – he returned to Ireland to work for a leading Irish civil engineering contractor on infrastructure, with a particular emphasis on bridges such as the Frank Sherwin Bridge on the Liffey and Rice Bridge on the Suir in Waterford city.
From 1987 until 1998, he worked in the public sector in local government with a number of local authorities including Dublin County Council, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and Dublin City Council.
In 1998, he was appointed city engineer for Dublin with responsibility for all engineering infrastructures and services, managing approximately 150 engineers. Projects included the Dublin Port Tunnel and Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Works.
At the recent AGM of ICE, Republic of Ireland region, Kevin Sheridan was elected as chairman and was presented with the chain of office.
On behalf of the Irish branch of ICE, Sheridan said that he was very proud to present the inaugural award to Michael Phillips and that the award would recognise further eminent candidates in the future.http://www.engineersjournal.ie/2015/07/14/ice-presents-outstanding-achievement-award-dublin-city-engineer/http://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Michael-Phillips1.bmphttp://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Michael-Phillips1-300x300.bmpNewsawards,Dublin City Council,Engineers Ireland