The co-chair of the Institution of Civil Engineers North East’s Graduates and Students’ committee has been recognised for her work promoting engineering to girls.
Fritha Bevin-McCrimmon, who works as a project engineer for Stantec, has taken home the Rising Star of the year award at the 2018 Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Awards.
The Wise Awards were established to recognise inspiring individuals and organisations who are actively working to address the core concerns of WISE – promoting STEMsubjects and careers to girls and women.
Fritha grew up in Dunedin, New Zealand, and moved to Christchurch to study engineering at the University of Canterbury. The beginning of her career coincided with the 2011 earthquakes, which had a devastating impact on the infrastructure of the city, and Fritha was able to put her studies into practice to help rebuild the city.
Now based in Newcastle in the UK, Fritha has been recognised by the awards for actively encouraging the next generation to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering and maths, and has been facilitating events such as the Women in Engineering Day for Year 7 girls at Newminster Middle School in Morpeth.
The judges said: “Fritha has a community perspective and doesn’t just focus on engineering. She has a strong objective approach with a mix of education and corporate responsibility.”
Bevin-McCrimmon, who was presented with the award by Princess Anne, WISE Patron and Patron of ICE’s Shaping the World Appeal, said: “If I have made a difference to one child then that is award enough, but it has been an honour that my commitment to education and children has resulted in winning such a prestigious award."
Stantec's UK head of engineering, Craig Gerry, added: “It is fantastic to see Fritha recognised for her outstanding and passionate contribution to WISE.
"Inspiring young women to consider a career in engineering and the opportunities that exist for them is important for our industry and Stantec. She should feel very proud of this recognition.”