The Institution of Structural Engineers has elected Ing. Melbourne Alexander Akiremi Garber to Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers on the 20th June 2019. Ing. Garber is now entitled to call himself Chartered Structural Engineer. He is the first ever Sierra Leonean to attain such a strategic position in the Institution.
Ing. Melbourne Garber B.Sc, M.Sc, C.Eng, FIStructE, MASCE, MSLIE was raised in Freetown, Sierra Leone and attended the Prince of Wales School. He obtained a B.Sc degree in Civil Engineering and Mathematics and a Masters degree in Construction Management from Leeds University in England. He is a professional engineer and now a fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers, UK, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Sierra Leone Institute of Engineers. He is currently the Director of Building at Gedeon GRC Consulting. He has been involved with the design of numerous projects, notably The British Library in London, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey, the John F. Kennedy International Arrivals Terminal, the Frank Sinatra High School of the Arts, the African Burial Ground National Monument and the United Nations Permanent Memorial to the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade in New York City. After the terrorist attack at the World Trade Center on 9/11, he was among the first group of engineers to assist with search and rescue operations. He is the President of the Prince of Wales Alumni Association, New York/New Jersey Chapter, President of the Krio Descendants Union (KDU) Northeast region and immediate Past Chair and Historical Archivist of the KDU Global Leadership. He is a member of the Board of the National Organization of Sierra Leoneans in North America (NOSLINA) and a member of the Sierra Leone Community of New Jersey (SLCNJ) organization. He is actively involved in efforts to preserve the Bunce Island Slave Castle and a member of the Management Practices in Construction committee of the Construction Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers.