New Civil Engineer has honoured six female engineers at its inaugural Recognising Women in Engineering event.
The event, in association with engineering consultancy Curtins, aims to drive home the fact that gender diversity is good for business and recognise the value women bring to engineering.
The women were honoured at a special dinner in London last night, ahead of International Women in Engineering day on Saturday. They were:
Mott MacDonald projects principal Rosa Diez
After working on several big projects, Mott MacDonald bosses put her on its Crossrail team in a leadership capacity when the team had been struggling to deliver key deadlines and had several critical long standing unresolved design issues. Leading a team of 60, performance under Diez improved dramatically She is now technical lead for tunnels for the £2bn north contracts for High Speed 2. With only around one in 20 of the tunnelling workforce being women, as a working mother, leaders at Mott MacDonald say that Rosa has broken down barriers and as a result its Crossrail team had around 25% female design engineers – a ratio previously unheard of.
Sellafield lead structural engineer Victoria Craig
Craig’s technical work shows the ability to tackle design challenges and a demanding schedule head on. Recent work includes responsibility for delivery of the structural and architectural design of a new process facility at Sellafield. She is also a STEM ambassador, putting her own time into managing and leading local events encouraging children and teenagers into engineering. All this is done while managing a young family of her own.
Farrans senior site engineer Amy Wright
Wright has been working on the technically demanding Northern Spire project, responsible for a number of large, high value sections of work. As well as mentoring internally at Farrans, her outreach work is significant. She is regional education coordinator for the north east ICE where she created the zombie apocalypse workshop and inspire competition. She also found the time to manage a charity initiative in Malawi, Africa, providing a solar and hydropower scheme to a remote village.
Northern Ireland Department for Infrastructure principal engineer (roads) Cindy Noble
Strong leadership, an outstanding commitment to public service and promoting women in engineering were just three of the attributes that shone from the entry for Noble. She leads a team of 33 with a £20M budget to take forward road design and delivery. Whether she is dealing with large scale emergency weather related events, such as 2014’s tidal surge, or managing public events such as the Irish Open, Noble is at the forefront of roads management leading the response. On top of this she takes part in a number of outreach activities, including chairing the judges at the Big Bang Northern Ireland Event, where 4,000 students take part.
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Amey head of business improvement Lisa Ingram
The next story is one of talent, self belief and perseverance. Lisa Ingram started at Amey as a receptionist – she is now its head of business improvement. Ingram is currently leading the service improvement programme for its Birmingham contract where she has delivered both innovation and sustainable improvement. She has developed the Amey Challenge Cup, which showcases engineering as an exciting career option, and taken a lead role in its Educating the Educators programme, delivering STEM education in schools that are normally considered no-go for businesses – genuinely making a difference to children’s lives.
Canal and River Trust project team manager Antonia Zotali
Zotali’s track record in project management is indisputable. She personally developed a scheduling tool to monitor projects which has been rolled out nationwide. She also pioneered the development of a stakeholder engagement toolkit to encourage collaborative working. She acts as a mentor to colleagues, including some from different teams, as well as undertaking schools outreach including speed career dating events and working with students on placements. Her boss says she goes above and beyond in her support for colleagues.
Pictured left to right are Cindy Noble, Amy Wright, Lisa Ingram, Rosa Diez and Victoria Craig.
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