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‘Already a leader’ – Mushfika Upama wins graduate railway engineer award

Jennifer Shand Jennifer Shand Australasia Press Office,Sydney
10 November 2020

Arup’s Dr Mushfika Upama has been recognised for her commitment to excellence and professional enthusiasm, becoming the Graduate Railway Engineer for 2020 in Australia and New Zealand. 

The award for outstanding achievement was made by the Railway Technical Society of Australasia (RTSA), signifying her career potential.

Dr Mushfika Upama Dr Mushfika Upama
Arup’s Dr Mushfika Upama has been recognised for her commitment to excellence and professional enthusiasm, becoming the Graduate Railway Engineer for 2020 in Australia and New Zealand.

An electrical engineer, Mushfika has worked on complex rail and road projects since joining the NSW and ACT Infrastructure team in 2018.

The rail projects include Sydney Metro Greater West (electrical optioneering and definition design phase), level crossing removals in Melbourne (earthing and bonding design) and Perth’s Morley-Ellenbrook line (electrical concept design).

I am honoured. The recognition certainly inspires me to become a better rail engineer and continue to contribute to the Arup rail team and the wider rail community. ”

Mushfika Upama Mushfika Upama Engineer

Senior industry colleagues confirm that she makes excellent technical contributions to her projects: “… the foundation she has set herself in less than two years is rather remarkable. Mushfika is a leader by example in the way that she conducts herself and always contributes to an exceptional level.” 

She received her PhD degree in 3rd generation photovoltaics from UNSW, Sydney in 2019. She graduated with a B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (Hons) from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2012. 

Mushfika has co-authored 39 journal articles, 12 conference papers and mentored post graduate students in the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering at UNSW, Sydney.

She is also an editor of the Arup Rail Skills Network newsletter and a member of Engineers Australia.