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Three young chartered engineers featured in the respected “Forbes 30 under 30” Europe list, published last month.

The Forbes list highlights the brightest and most talented under 30 year olds who are already shining in their career.

Sakthy Selvakumaran

Sakthy Selvakumaran

Sakthy Selvakumaran

Sakthy Selvakumaran, a chartered innovation engineer working for Laing O’Rourke in London, James Holloway, an Arup chartered civil engineer based in Edinburgh, and Louise Ellis an Arup chartered civil engineer based in Bristol all made it into the industry category. 

Selvakumaran, who was one of ICE past president Geoff French’s apprentices in 2013-14, is currently doing an Industrial Case PhD at the University of Cambridge. 

Before this, she was in Laing O’Rourke’s the Engineering Excellence Group, and spent time on site helping to deliver the ExCeL Footbridge. 

She also developed and ran an education initiative with Serious About Youth (SAY) called “Construkt” on behalf of the ICE. 

She is influencing the further development of the scheme to help young people better understand different engineering career paths, and is engaging with other companies and institutions to encourage them to become involved. 

james holloway

james holloway

James Holloway

Holloway works on the £1.4bn Forth Replacement Crossing project, Scotland’s biggest infrastructure project for a generation. 

Louise Ellis

Louise Ellis

Louise Ellis

Ellis works for Arup on coastal flood and urban drainage projects, was nominated for her work to improve the New York subway system climate change resilience.

She said: “I am honoured to be included on the inaugural Forbes Europe 30 under 30 list. 

“I would like to thank my Arup colleagues for their support on the outstanding multi-disciplinary projects I’ve worked on in both the UK and United States.”

Holloway added: “I’m absolutely delighted to have been recognised by Forbes, it’s an honour to be included alongside so many talented individuals. 

“I’m also glad that the civil engineering profession has been so strongly represented in the industry category.”


All three ICE members have been invited to a special summit in April, along with other members on the 30 under 30 list.

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