Queensferry Crossing designer Naeem Hussain joins Engineering Hall of Fame

Naeem Hussain © Malcolm Cochrane Photography

Naeem Hussain, who led the illustrative concept and design of the Queensferry Crossing, is one of four engineers to join the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame.

An Arup Fellow and Arup’s Global Bridge Leader, Hussain is joined by David Elder, the father of marine engineering on the Clyde; William Burton, whose water and sanitary improvements are credited with saving Japan from cholera and Victoria Drummond, the debutante who turned her back on high society for a successful and meaningful 40-year career as a ship’s chief engineer.

Their induction was announced at the annual Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland (IESIS) James Watt dinner, held in Glasgow last week.

Gordon Masterton, chairman of judges for the Hall of Fame, said: “We are delighted to welcome Naeem into this pantheon of Scottish Engineering achievement. The Queensferry Crossing is already an iconic addition to Scotland’s engineering heritage, much admired across the world.

“Our three Forth Bridges are emblematic of three centuries of world-leading bridge design, and the new bridge sits comfortably, and proudly, alongside its neighbours. Naeem’s concept survived a complex construction process and he deserves the credit for his engineering flair in creating a beautiful, functional structure.”

Collectively, the 35 members now in the Hall of Fame tell a story of 450 years of world-beating engineering innovation that has led to massive improvements in the quality of life and economy in Scotland, the United Kingdom and world-wide.

Welcoming the announcement of the new inductees, Jim Young, chair of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Scotland, said: “It is wonderful to see engineers getting the recognition they deserve. Queensferry Crossing is everything good design should be. It safeguards a vital connection in Scotland’s transport network and greatly enhances the landscape.”

The Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame was launched by the IESIS in 2011.

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