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According to the recent Royal Society report, digital technologies could reduce carbon emissions by nearly a third by 2050.
During the first in a series of West Midlands Chair's Programme events, Rachel Skinner, ICE President, will join a panel of experts from the region as they debate how digital delivery of infrastructure can help enable Net Zero.
From smart meters to super-computers, from new Building Information Modelling (BIM) programmes to artificial intelligence (AI), the panellists will look at new technologies and discuss how using these in infrastructure will help deliver Net Zero. The panel will also debate how the pandemic accelerated digital transformation and how this affects green transport.
During this panel debate, chaired by West Midlands Chair, Gbenga Oludotun, Rachel Skinner will summarise the key points of her President’s Address, as well as take part in the debate and Q&A session at the end.
Rachel Skinner is Executive Director (Transport) at WSP. She was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2019 and is a Chartered Engineer, Trustee and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Highways & Transportation and a Chartered Transport Planner. In 2016, Rachel was named as one of The Telegraph’s inaugural Top 50 Influential Women in Engineering and in 2017 she was named as “Most Distinguished Winner” and “Best Woman in Civil Engineering” at the European Women in Construction and Engineering Awards.
In late 2018, she was appointed by the Scottish Government as an Infrastructure Commissioner for Scotland and is a Patron of Women in Transport, a not-for-profit networking organisation working to improve gender equality, having been one of its founding board members in 2005.
Gbenga, a Chartered Civil Engineer, is currently an Associate with the Birmingham Bridges team at global consultants WSP. He began his career with Amey upon graduation from the University of Sheffield where he was involved in several assessment and design of highway structure schemes for Highways England and Birmingham City Council. At WSP, Gbenga has been responsible for the design delivery on HS2 Enabling Works North contract, Great Western Electrification Project, East West Rail Phase 2 and Highways England SPaTS framework. Gbenga has been an active member of the ICE since 2009 when he joined the Graduates and Students committee, eventually becoming Chair in 2013.
He is Regional Chair of the ICE West Midlands Regional Committee. He is also past Chair of regional Inspiration and Education Committee group and sharing his passion, as a STEM ambassador, for civil engineering with the next generation through school presentations and science fair activities.
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