As part of International Women in Engineering Day, The Daily Telegraph has recognised ten ICE members among their top 50 most influential. The ICE members named today (Friday 23 June) work in a variety of disciplines from water projects and transport to construction and bridge building.
Working on internationally important infrastructure projects and acting as ambassadors to the next generation of female engineers, the ten ICE members are examples of what women are achieving in engineering. Those members identified are:
- Maela Baker
Civil engineer. Maela has won awards for developing a new tool for predicting pollution incidents for water companies and is currently managing a project to introduce watercourse alterations to improve wildlife habitats.
- Camilla Barrow
Deputy project manager, Bechtel Ltd Sector. A Civil Engineer Camilla Barrow is one of Bechtel's youngest deputy project managers with experience on vast global projects around the world. She was delivery engineer for the passenger terminal at Qatar's award-winning Hamad international airport and has wide experience on rail projects in the US. She is currently working on London's Crossrail, managing a team to deliver systems for the passenger service, ready for December 2018.
- Frances Dixon
Construction manager, Colas Ltd/CVU Sector: A civil engineer named top student of the year, construction manager Frances Dixon completed her engineering degree while on day release from work to gain first-class honours. As a manager of a small team in highway maintenance, she has pushed hard to hire more women engineers within the business. She has also volunteered in schools and as a STEM ambassador.
- Louise Ellis
Senior engineer, Ove Arup & Partners Limited Sector. Named as one of Forbes' 30 under 30 Europe, chartered engineer Louise Ellis' work is characterised by an innovative use of technology to meet water challenges, and also to save on cost and environmental impact. She has worked on projects to weatherproof vast infrastructure works, including the New York subway system. She has designed a retrofit green infrastructure in South Wales to cut flooding and sewage pollution, and developed a 30-year business strategy for a UK water company, taking climate change and the demographics into account.
- Claire Gott MBE
Design manager and UK head of corporate social responsibility, WSP Sector. Civil chartered engineer Claire Gott has worked on high-profile projects such as the London Bridge Station redevelopment and HS2 at London's Euston Station. She now leads engineers responsible for engineering ideas to transform and regenerate the area around Euston. In a new role, she's also responsible for the company's environmental, social and humanitarian impact. As a highly visible role model, she also holds numerous posts to promote engineering and diversity in her work. In 2009 she co-founded international development charity Cameroon Catalyst, which delivers community-led infrastructure projects.
- Eva Linnell
Senior engineer, Atkins Sector. A Civil chartered engineer, Eva Linnell's main focus is to provide clean water, sanitation and drainage for communities, and was recently lead designer for a £6 million scheme for Wessex Water. She works to promote equality and mentors other women. She is involved in Atkins' women's professional network, and has volunteered with Engineers Without Borders and the British Science Association. She has successfully chaired the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) Bristol. (SW)
- Victoria Richardson
Structural/bridge engineer, Arup Sector. A former graduate trainee, Victoria Richardson has worked on notable projects such as Crossrail. She is currently researching ground-breaking technology of 3D printing with concrete, with funding from an industry award, and will demonstrate her work at the Young Engineers Conference in London next month. She is also encouraging staff to move towards automating design processes. She has supported children through engineering challenges and runs workshops, and mentors UCL students. She has also secured a company partnership with charity Bridges to Prosperity, which builds safe footbridges for isolated communities worldwide, and has volunteered on projects in Rwanda.
- Jennifer Stables
Senior engineer, AECOM Sector. Qatar-based chartered engineer Jennifer Stables is an expert in complex modelling software and an active advocate for engineering in the construction sector. She has helped organise a women's mentoring programme and speaks at company events to encourage women to join the industry. She has worked with charity Engineers Without Borders in Bangladesh and been praised for her published work on academic industrial partnerships to train engineers. She is a former organiser and now patron of UK construction industry charity Teambuild.
- Katy Toms
Infrastructure engineer, AECOM Sector. Katy Toms has achieved chartered status relatively swiftly. She entered the construction sector in 2008 and has since worked on a variety of flagship projects, from the largest onshore windfarm in Wales to the design of a £60 million regeneration of Plymouth for maritime businesses. Her work to deliver a regional hospital's helipad was commended by ICE. She has also played a key role in a government maintenance project to dredge the south coast.
- Amy Wright
Senior site engineer, Farrans Sector. As a child growing up in South Africa, Amy Wright was perplexed by the use of corrugated iron shelters - too hot in summer, too cold in winter - and her interest grew in civil engineering. As a student she designed, fundraised and delivered a small renewable energy project in rural Malawi to provide power and lighting for 1,000 people, and helping schools and healthcare facilities. Her work won numerous awards. She is now working on a new £117 million bridge in Sunderland. She is a driven STEM ambassador and also an ICE regional representative and award winner - she has reached out to 1,200 young people in the past three years - and has devised new school activities, including the successful Zombie Apocalypse Challenge.
Director General of ICE Nick Baveystock said:
“It is hugely rewarding to see that so many young women are being recognised as having a significant impact on engineering. In a sector that is often accused of a lack of diversity I am proud that so many of those identified in this list are members of ICE.
“I hope that these members can act as an illustration to aspiring female engineers that anything is possible and that, thanks to these trail-blazers, engineering is opening up to people from all backgrounds.”
In support of International Women in Engineering Day WISE, SEMTA and ICE have developed a toolkit to help businesses close the skills gap in the construction, engineering, technology and manufacturing sectors by recruiting women and girls into the sector through apprenticeships.
The toolkit contains information, tips, case studies and useful resources – it is intended to be a guide, leading businesses from their first steps in reaching out to women and girls, throughout their apprenticeships and on to their future careers as well.
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