Due to the projects she has carried out and her contributions to the sector and the academia, Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Engineering Faculty, Civil Engineering Department academic staff member Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mürüde Çelikağ has been awarded the title of "Fellow Engineer - FICE" in the UK's "Institution of Civil Engineers" (ICE), which has a history of 200 years and has around 100,000 civil engineers with different levels of membership. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mürüde Çelikağ's new title was notified to her in a letter signed by ICE Professional Development and Registration Procedure Director Sheila Billett. Thus, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Çelikağ now has the highest prestigious title that could be attained in ICE, one of the most prominent establishment of civil engineers in the world. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Çelikağ is the only person to have obtained the "FICE" title in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). In South Cyprus, there are three engineers with this title.
Among 1,250 Civil Engineers with FICE Title in the World
The number of civil engineers with the "FICE" title in the world is around 1,250. 1,025 of this number are engineers working in the UK. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Çelikağ stated that she wanted to become a member of the ICE professional organization while she was studying there, but she had to go through many comprehensive stages due to membership procedures. After completing her doctoral studies in 1990, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Çelikağ worked at an international firm in the private sector. The said company contributed to the professional and personal development of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Çelikağ by sending her to the necessary trainings to become a member of ICE.
After attending the said training, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Çelikağ presented the professional development reports requested by ICE at regular intervals and the work she had done in the fields she was involved in. After a four-year period, she was accepted to the said prominent institution as a “Member” (CEng, MICE) in 1994 as a result of her success in oral and written exams. Thus, ICE “Chartered Engineer” title, currently held by around 5,500 engineers in the world, including the UK, was awarded to her. This title not only means qualification for Civil Engineers to be able to perform professional engineering and sign projects, but also provides the opportunity to practice professions in many countries around the world. Afterwards, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Çelikağ, who continued her professional development in different countries for many years and contributed to the academic world, obtained all the competencies required for the final stage of the professional establishment and received the title of "FICE" (CEng, FICE) and became one of only 1,250 civil engineers in the world, including the UK, who have attained this title.
“EMU Engineering Faculty Graduates Are Very Lucky"
Making a statement on the subject, EMU Engineering Faculty Dean Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Özkaramanlı congratulated Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mürüde Çelikağ and said " I congratulate Assoc. Prof. Dr. Çelikağ for reaching a level that only a few people in the world can attain in the field of Civil Engineering, and I wish her continued success. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Çelikağ has made us proud”.
Emphasizing that EMU Engineering Faculty graduates are very lucky and privileged, Prof. Dr. Özkaramanlı said, “EMU Faculty of Engineering graduates have gained direct access to the world's most important professional organizations, thanks to their graduation from our programs accredited by the world's leading accreditation institution in engineering education, the 'Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Graduates of EMU Engineering Faculty, Civil Engineering Department also have the opportunity to become a student or graduate member of ICE, which recognizes ABET, and then access MICE and FICE titles. In addition, due to its diploma recognition, they have the opportunity to pursue their post graduate studies in the UK and practice their professions all over the world, including the UK. "