On 25 June 2019, Donald Morrison, Jacobs Buildings and Infrastructure Europe Senior Vice President and General Manager, was awarded the title of Honorary STEM Ambassador, at a ceremony at the National STEM Learning Centre in York.
The presentation took place at the 2019 Jacobs Graduate Development and Apprenticeships Graduation Ceremony. Through Jacobs’ UK graduate and apprenticeship programmes, the company is helping future talent embark on successful, rewarding careers both in the UK and across the globe.
Jacobs has more than 730 graduates, technicians and apprentices currently training in the UK and is involved in a variety of training innovations and trailblazer programmes across nuclear, rail, construction, transport planning and other areas.
Honorary STEM Ambassadors champion the work of the 30,000 STEM Ambassadors across the UK, who inspire young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Honorary STEM Ambassadors, including Tim Peake and Dr Emily Grossman, stand as champions for the importance of STEM education, promoting the idea of a world-leading STEM education for all young people and acting as aspirational role models, demonstrating how far STEM can take you.
In the UK, Jacobs supports more than 800 employees as STEM Ambassadors, encouraging them to give their time and expertise to help young people.
Donald Morrison has been with Jacobs for more than 26 years, first joining as a graduate in the highways sector. During his career with Jacobs, he has held key positions across sales and operations, with focus on transportation and innovative sustainable solutions. Donald now leads Jacobs’ delivery of critical buildings, power, transport, water and environmental projects across Europe.
With a strong engineering background and experience in professional services focusing on solution-driven outcomes, Donald has seen how the industry and clients have moved from looking to Jacobs to deliver standalone projects, to wanting to collaborate on innovative and disruptive solutions which transform and connect cities, communities and regions. Donald holds a BSc in Civil Engineering and is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Presented with the gold Honorary STEM Ambassador badge by Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Chair of STEM Learning, Donald said:
“I am honoured to receive this award and proud to continue to promote the fantastic work of the STEM Ambassadors across Europe. Our own STEM Ambassadors network includes many of Jacobs’ graduates and apprentices – all passionate about helping young people engage in engineering and the variety of disciplines in our industry.
“There is tremendous opportunity for all sorts of diverse roles, from geologists, engineers, architects and economists to technologists and animators. My advice to our future talent: don’t wait for inspiration to strike, go ahead and spark it.”
Baroness Brown, Chair of STEM Learning, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Donald Morrison as our latest honorary STEM Ambassador. STEM Ambassadors are a national treasure, bringing their expertise and passion for STEM to young people across the UK. Complementing our programme of teacher CPD throughout the UK, STEM Ambassadors inspire teachers as well as young people to take their STEM education further.”