The keynote speakers include Jennifer DiMambro, Leader of the Science business; Orla O’Halloran, Intelligent Mobility Consultant; and Paula Kirk, Climate & Resilience Consultant. Paula, who recently relocated to Dublin, is widely experienced in developing practical solutions to climate change and advising cities on resilience and sustainable strategies. A trail-blazer, Paula will share some of her work helping cities reduce their carbon footprint through initiatives such as the C40. Paula stated, “Arup is a champion of talented female engineers and consultants working across the built environment. We want to highlight how women are shaping a better world today through their work helping cities become resilient in the fight against climate change, by delivering digitally-enabled greener transport solutions or designing the research labs that will deliver the scientific breakthroughs of the future.”
Jennifer leads Arup’s UKIMEA Science sector and specialises in the design and construction of science and research buildings. She will relate some of her career highlights, emphasising the role engineers play in helping to change society. “I’m looking forward to explaining the major positive impact you can make on society through engineering. I want every girl out there to know that through a career in STEM, they can help change the world for the better,” said Jennifer.
Orla will share her inspirational career journey at Arup, describing her transition from an Arts degree to a master’s degree in environmental science, starting her career in environmental consulting and now working in digital advisory. With a keen interest in disruptive technologies and contributing to sustainable development, Orla applies her skills in these areas and maintains that the way you think is the most important element of work. “There are opportunities for everyone in engineering. Being open to learning and trying new disciplines will take you places. One piece of advice I would give to my younger self is to not be afraid to explore a career in STEM,” said Orla.