Srimali, who lives in Darlington and works for multinational civil engineering firm AECOM in Stockton, has been awarded the protected title of Chartered Engineer and membership of the ICE, which allows her to add the letters CEng and MICE after her name. She grew up in Sri Lanka, and moved to the UK aged 21 to study at Teesside University, and Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.
ICE membership can be awarded to a wide range of engineers practising in the broad area of civil engineering in recognition for their work in the field, and after passing a professional review. The organisation has 90,000 members worldwide, including more than 2,000 in the North East.
The ICE's professionally qualified grades of membership are internationally recognised, and are viewed in the engineering sectors as a significant achievement and a benchmark of an engineer's competence and professional standing.
ICE Regional Director for the North East Penny Marshall said: "Civil engineering sits right at the heart of society. It is all about shaping, improving and protecting the infrastructure that we all depend on in our day-to-day lives, from bridges, roads and railways right through to energy networks and water and waste infrastructure. The historic Stockton to Darlington Railway and Tees Transporter Bridge are examples of the work of our civil engineers.
"Achieving Chartered Civil engineer status is a significant personal and career achievement and we welcome Srimali into the ICE."
Srimali said: "Becoming a member of the ICE and a chartered engineer is the highlight of my career so far. The opportunities which come with being a chartered engineer are endless. It is satisfying to see that these opportunities are also available to women with families. I'm looking forward to my future within engineering."
Find out about more about the different grades of membership at ICE.