ICE members included in Forbes 30 Under 30 in Europe list

Three of ICE’s members have been included in the industry category of a prestigious list of the 30 ‘top young leaders, creative inventors and brash entrepreneurs.’

James Holloway, Louise Ellis and Sakthy Selvakumaran are all on the list
James Holloway, Louise Ellis and Sakthy Selvakumaran are all on the list

The Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe list looks at the brightest and most talented under-30 year olds who are already shining in their chosen career, and changing our world. Three of the top 30 in the industry category are ICE members - Sakthy Selvakumaran, a Chartered Innovation engineer based in London working for Laing O'Rourke, James Holloway, a chartered civil engineer based in Edinburgh at Arup and Louise Ellis, a chartered civil engineer based in Bristol at Arup.

James currently works on the £1.4bn Forth Replacement Crossing project - the world's longest three-tower cable stayed bridge and Scotland's biggest infrastructure project for a generation. James said:

"I'm absolutely delighted to have been recognised by Forbes, it's an honour to be included alongside so many talented individuals. I'm also glad that the civil engineering profession has been so strongly represented in the industry category."

Louise works for Arup focusing on coastal flood and urban drainage projects and was nominated for her work weatherproofing massive infrastructure works including the New York subway system. Louise said:

"I am honoured to be included on the inaugural Forbes Europe 30 under 30 list. I would like to thank my Arup colleagues for their support on the outstanding multi-disciplinary projects I've worked on in both the UK and US."

Sakthy is currently an Innovation engineer working for civil engineering contractor Laing O'Rourke who are sponsoring her to do an Industrial Case PhD at the University of Cambridge. Prior to this, she was in the Engineering Excellence Group of Laing O'Rourke, and spent time on site helping to deliver the ExCeL Footbridge. Sakthy had previously worked on the project leading on its design in her role as a Design Engineer for Ramboll.

She developed and ran an education initiative with Serious About Youth (SAY) called 'Construkt' on behalf of ICE who founded of this scheme. She is now influential in the further development of the scheme to enable young people to better understand different career pathways, and is engaging with additional companies and institutions to encourage them to become involved.

Sakthy is pleased at the recognition that becoming chartered has meant for her saying:

"I'm pretty proud to be a chartered civil engineer. It recognises that you have reached a marker in your career that indicates that your peers in the wider profession trust you to act as a professional engineer to represent the profession. It's by no means a mark that states that you've learned all you need to know about being a civil engineer, but I like that because it means that you're always learning new things and coming with new ideas."

Sakthy says she's still not sure who put her name forward and found out was when someone contacted her on behalf of Forbes to say that she had been shortlisted. As part of becoming one of the '30 under 30' Forbes has been invited to a Summit in April along with other members on the list.

A keen writer on her experiences, she has written articles in a several magazines also has a blog slot for the Huffington Post.

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