Six Arup women have been recognised in the Top 50 Women in Engineering Awards 2024 (WE50). The awards, organised by the Women's Engineering Society, celebrate UK-based women working across engineering who have gone above and beyond in showcasing and supporting women in the industry.

The WE50 is released on 23 June annually to coincide with and mark International Women in Engineering Day. The theme of this year’s awards was #EnhancedByEngineering, championing women who use their engineering skills to improve lives.

Congratulations to our six women named in this year’s WE50:

  • Alexandra Koutsouki – who pioneered the creation of our global transport guidance which emphasises inclusive design as a key skill.
  • Charlotte Higgins – who is an influential figure within CIGRE, the collaborative global community for the creation and sharing of power system expertise.
  • Emily Walport – who is an emerging leader in materials sustainability and decarbonisation alongside her work driving Arup’s regional community engagement programme.
  • Melanie Thrush – who advocates for geothermal energy through research papers, involvement in major global projects and external engagement with politicians and policy makers across the UK and Europe.
  • Nabihah Ghufoor – who has been heavily involved in tackling the challenge of rising heat and the Urban Heat Island effect in cities and aiming to create healthier cities.
  • Rachel Sandham – who has championed colleagues from all disciplines and backgrounds to succeed in their career paths while leading large, complex projects.

Paula Walsh, Chair of Arup in the UK, India, Middle East and Africa, has spent her career using engineering to deliver high impact and quality outcomes that push the boundaries on social value, sustainability and inclusivity. She praised the efforts and impact of this year’s WE50 winners:

This recognition is crucial in shining a spotlight on engineering and encouraging more diverse representation in the sector. It’s wonderful to see so many of our talented women honoured by the Women's Engineering Society, with this year’s WE50 winners proving that a career in engineering can be hugely rewarding and varied. From creating and deploying digital tools that tackle climate challenges worldwide, to shaping and delivering social value and equity programmes that improve the lives of local communities, engineering offers an incredible opportunity to address some of the world’s most pressing issues.

Paula Walsh

UK, India, Middle East and Africa Chair, Arup

The WE50 winners are selected from 100 Highly Commended Finalists, in which Arup had a further three women listed. Congratulations to:

  • Carol Andrews
  • Ana Campos
  • Eleanor Green