The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) has a longstanding tradition where the President of SAICE recognises individuals who have made a considerable contribution to the civil engineering profession. This year SAICE conferred the award on Tom McKune, Head of the Department of Civil Engineering at the Pietermaritzburg Campus of the Durban University of Technology. SAICE’s 2013 President, Peter Kleynhans, applauded Tom on his being highly instrumental in the civil engineering education field over many years. As HOD he had been and is committed to the development of civil engineering practitioners, thereby enhancing the role of the civil engineering profession in the built environment.
Presenting the President’s Award for 2013, Peter also complimented Tom for his active and energetic contributions towards growing the SAICE Pietermaritzburg and Durban branches. He continued by saying that Tom has played a leading role in capacity building in the civil engineering industry, including within the Capacity Building Committee of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations, through his involvement in SAICE’s secretariat functions on behalf of ECSA, and for his great contribution and service to SAICE and the civil engineering fraternity. Upon receiving the award, Tom indicated that he was pleasantly surprised. Moreover, Tom stressed that he was truly blessed to have worked with many very talented and committed people over the years at SAICE and hoped to continue to add value to the Institution.