14 civil engineers named among Top 50 Women in Engineering 2022 – New Civil Engineer

23 Jun, 2022 By Rob Hakimian
Women’s Engineering Society (WES) has released its annual Top 50 Women in Engineering to mark International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) and it features 14 civil engineers.
The proportion of women in engineering is continuing to rise, now accounting for 16.5% – almost one in six. While encouraging, this is still much lower than desired, so it’s important to champion these women, to inspire younger women into the industry and show them that there are far-ranging and important career pathways open.
The full 50 features electrochemists, flight systems engineers, mechanical engineers, professors, chief operating officers, company founders, chief executives and more. Civil engineering is well represented in the list, and even among those 14, the way these women apply their expertise is broad.
Take a look at these inspiring civil engineers below and find the full list of Top 50 Women in Engineering 2022 beneath.
Alalea Kia – Imperial College London, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Alelea Kia is a recruiting PhD candidate who is developing a high-strength clogging resistant permeable pavement (also known as Kiacrete) that is capable of retaining sufficient porosity and permeability for stormwater infiltration without requiring frequent maintenance.
Divya Bhanderi – chartered civil engineer and senior consultant at Arup working in Infrastructure Advisory
Working in Arup’s Advisory Services, Divya Bhanderi manages multiple projects and programmes that cut carbon emissions, improve resilience and save money.  She led the creation of the National Highways travel demand management programme to maximise road capacity without building new infrastructures, which has fed into the road management body’s net zero plan.
Eleanor Ball – director and co-founder, Graphic Structures
Having worked in structural and site engineer roles at Aecom, Skanska and Price & Myers, Eleanor Ball is now director of Graphic Structures, which she co-founded in 2016. The company is an engineering design studio providing creative structural and civil engineering design for buildings and their surrounding infrastructure.
Gabriela Medero – professor in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, Heriot-Watt University
Trained in civil engineering at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Port Alegre, Brazil in the early 2000s, Gabriela M Medero was appointed as a lecturer in civil engineering within the School of the Built Environment at Heriot-Watt University in 2006. She is now professor in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering at the Edinburgh-based university.
Along with her team, she has also invented the K-Briq – the world’s first brick made from 90% construction and demolition waste.
Georgia V Thompson – assistant design programme manager, EKFB
Starting her career as graduate civil engineer at Kier, Georgia Thompson moved up to design coordinator before moving to become design engineer at Tony Gee and then quickly moving to the same role at Bam Nuttall. She again ascended quickly to become Bam’s design delivery manager and has this year become assistant design programme manager for the Eiffage, Kier, Ferrovial, Bam JV that is working on HS2.
Her career has also seen her co-found a social enterprise called D-vers-ty and take on voluntary roles within the Railway Civil Engineering Association, iDare2inspire and Bam.
Guneet Kaur Kohli – engineer, Arup
Working at Arup, Guneet Kaur Kohli has had a hand in developing Kliima – a climate data tool that helps projects, such as HS2 and National Grid, quantitatively understand climate change. She is now leading technical development on the project.
Jane Wright – infrastructure carbon adviser, Department for Transport (DfT) and ICE Carbon Champion
Before joining the DfT as infrastructure carbon advisor earlier this year, Jane Wright worked at Transport for London (TfL) where she was leading technical advisor for the design of the company’s carbon management processes and led the delivery of TfL’s Major Project Whole Life Carbon Baseline.
Along the way her work has been acknowledged through being named as one of ICE’s carbon champions.
Lucie Killen – structural engineer, Price & Myers
Lucie Killen is an ICE chartered structural engineer whose work at Price & Myers involves designing structures ranging from single dwellings to large schemes, concrete and steel frame buildings, including refurbishment of historical buildings. She was part of a team that built a new suspension bridge in Runyani, Rwanda in 2020 and has been developing a new tool called PANDA (Parametric and Numeric Design Assessment), which has the potential to reduce embodied carbon in construction by as much as 40%.
Mercedes Ascaso – principal engineer, DLT Engineering
Mercedes Ascaso graduated from University of Cantabria in Spain in 1998 and was design engineer at Cleveland Bridge before joining DLT Engineering in 2001, where she has been for over 20 years. Recently, she was chief engineer for the design of the deck lifting gantries used on Turkey’s 1915 Çanakkale bridge, which is the longest suspension bridge in the world following its opening earlier this year.
Ornella Iuorio – associate professor of architecture and structures, University of Leeds
Having studied civil engineering at University of Naples Federico II in Italy and achieving her PhD in civil engineering at Johns Hopkins in the USA, Ornella Iuorio is now working at the University of Leeds. Alongside being associate professor of architecture and structures, she is director of the Cities, Infrastructure and Energy research group and school lead for equality, diversity and inclusion.
Priti Parikh – head of UCL’s Engineering for International Development Centre and senior research fellow at Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction
On top of her teaching work at UCL – where she lectures in systems, society and sustainability – Priti Parikh has founded the university’s MSc in Engineering for International Development and been awarded a prestigious five-year Senior Research fellowship co-funded by industry (BBOXX) and Royal Academy of Engineering. In this fellowship, titled Smart Solar Solution for All, she and her team will focus on smart solar solutions for resource challenged communities.
Parikh has been a fellow of the ICE for many years and has recently become an ICE council member.
Rachel Pether – director of water utilities and All Reservoirs Panel Engineer, Binnies
Rachel Pether is a chartered civil engineer and a Fellow of the ICE who is responsible for Binnies’ consultancy water utilities business. She also became all reservoirs panel engineer – the highest level of technical expert in UK reservoir safety – in 2018, making her the first woman to achieve this status.
Sarah Teliani – project manager, Arup
Sarah Teliani showed her passion from early on, interning at Balfour Beatty in health, safety, environment and sustainability during the summer while at university, which saw her awarded the ICE-Balfour Beatty Student Innovator of the Year award in 2016. Upon graduation she joined Atkins, where she moved up to Assistant Engineer in three years. She hopped over to Skanska to become site engineer working on HS2 at Euston and now works on the same site as project manager for Arup.
Not content to focus purely on the engineering, Teliani has co-founded a mentoring programme within Arup and founded and chaired the ICE’s essay group to help support colleagues to prepare for their professional review.
Tina Irvine – civil and structural engineer (Bridges), Arup
Tina Irvine is bridge engineer at Arup, where she started her career as graduate civil engineer in 2017. Alongside other female colleagues, she led the formation of Arup’s climate emergency response committee and has worked on creating a template for carbon reporting on infrastructure projects within the firm.
Agnieszka Rutkowska – lead electrochemist, Depixus
Dalalea Kia – research fellow, Imperial College London
Alice Kan – pharmaceutical director, Kan Do Ventures
Aline Miller – Professor and Associate Dean, University of Manchester
Ama Frimpong – head of product development, 52 North Health
Beth Dickens – director, Quoceant
Bethany Hall – technical assistant (electrical engineer aerospace), Rolls-Royce/Aerospace Technology Institute
Carolina Toczycka – co-founder and chief commercial officer, Lenz Labs
Caroline Jay – head of research, School of Engineering, University of Manchester
Divya Bhanderi – senior engineer, Arup
Eiman Kanjo – head of smart sensing lab, Nottingham Trent University
Eleanor Ball – co-founder and director, Graphic Structures
Evelyn Cropper – technical manager, Stirling Dynamics
Gabriela Medero – professor in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, Heriot-Watt University
Georgia Thompson – assistant design programme manager, Bam Nuttall
Georgina Wharton – director of science and technology, Parkside Community School
Guneet Kaur Kohli – engineer, Arup
Hani Baluch – Solutions Delivery Manager, BP
Hannah Abend – chief operating officer, Wood Thilsted
Jane Wright – infrastructure carbon adviser, Department for Transport
Jennifer Glover – graduate acoustic consultant, Aecom
Jessica Coldrey – digital skills mentor, creative technologist, Birmingham Open Media
Krystina Pearson-Rampeearee – senior flight systems engineer, BAE Systems
Lidija Siller – professor of nanoscale science, School of Engineering, Newcastle University
Lucie Killen – structural engineer, Price & Myers
Marisa Kurimbokus – mechanical engineering team leader, Aeristech
Mercedes Ascaso – principal engineer, DLT Engineering
Nadja Yang – president, European Young Engineers
Natalie Kerres – CEO and founder, Scaled
Nausheen Mehboob Basha – project manager and researcher, Imperial College London
Navya Thomas – research fellow in membrane crystallisation, Cranfield University
Noor Mansur – senior electronics engineer, Dyson
Ornella Iuorio – professor, University of Leeds
Palvisha Khan – EMEA strategy and transformation lead, Reliance Worldwide Corporation
Philippa Davies – engineering director, Reaction Engines
Priti Parikh – head of UCL’s Engineering for International Development Centre
Qianyu Chen – research fellow, University of Birmingham
Rachel Pether – director of Water Utilities, Binnies
Radhika Srinivasan – CEO and founder, EcoTextura
Rowena Innocent – senior vice president of engineering at Ultraleap
Ruth Amos – inventor, Stairsteady/co-founder, Kids Invent Stuff
Sarah Lu – PhD researcher, University of Southampton
Sarah Teliani – project manager, Arup
Serena Margadonna – head of The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Swansea University
Sophie V Morse – research fellow, Imperial College London
Swati – director, Anant Biomedical Limited
Tina Irvine – engineer, Arup
Tosin Adedipe-Elusakin – technical project manager, Cranfield University
Yiheng Hu – PhD researcher, University of Huddersfield
Youmna Mouhamad – Royal Academy of Engineering fellow 2020, Myana Naturals
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