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Six Arup heroes recognised in Top 50 Women in Engineering Awards

Sarah Wright - Communications Coordinator Sarah Wright UKIMEA Press Office,London
23 June 2021

Six members of Arup have successfully made the Top 50 Women in Engineering (WE50) Awards, making Arup the most recognised firm in the WE50 for the second year running. 

The WE50's theme for 2021 is engineering heroes, celebrating “the best, brightest and bravest women in engineering, who recognise a problem, then dare to be part of the solution; who undertake everyday ‘heroics’ as much as emergency ones.”

The six Arup engineers named in the Top 50 are:

Congratulations also go to a further four Arup finalists (listed in the Top 100):

  • Alison Ball, North West Infrastructure & Advisory Leader

  • Manuela Villani, Senior Engineering Seismologist

  • Vita Sanderson, Senior Engineer

  • Pippa Wood, Senior Ecologist

Six Arup heroes recognised in Top 50 Women in Engineering Awards Six Arup heroes recognised in Top 50 Women in Engineering Awards
(L-R) The six Arup engineers named in the Top 50 are Dr Claire Bennett, Dr Grace Campbell, Dame Jo da Silva, Julie Wood, Dr Maria Sunyer Pinya and Milly Hennayake

Florence Lam, Arup Fellow, Member of Region Board and Arup University Council, shared her congratulations and reflections on International Women in Engineering Day:

I am immensely proud of the impactful work and dedication of my brilliant colleagues recognised in the WE50 Awards. Not only are they inspiring and laying pathways for the next generation of engineers that will follow them, they are also driving the creation of a more resilient and sustainable future for us all. In what has been a difficult time for many, it is of the utmost importance that the engineers of tomorrow can witness these accomplishments and be shown how their work makes a significant and invaluable contribution to our built and natural environment. ” Florence Lam Florence Lam Global Lighting Design Leader

Today we are delighted to celebrate our six colleagues who have been recognised in this year’s Women in Engineering Top 50 list for their exceptional work in improving climate resilience, creating sustainable solutions, and boosting social value.

“Every single day our female colleagues are pushing boundaries and realising incredible engineering feats. We hope that their achievements and the many other accomplishments of the talented women at Arup help to empower and inspire the next generation of women engineers.
Jerome Frost Jerome Frost Global Cities Leader

The WE50 is produced annually by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), this year in association with The Guardian, to celebrate International Women in Engineering Day on 23 June.

2020 was a year unlike any other and remarkable times call for remarkable people. That is why, in 2021, the Top 50 Women in Engineering Awards celebrate the engineering heroes who have responded to the challenges of an ever-changing world, from healthcare and climate change to infrastructure and championing diversity, with inspirational innovation and leadership. With over 230 nominations, only the exceptional made it to the top 50. ” Head Judge, Professor Catherine Noakes OBE CEng FIMechE FIHEEM