International Day of Women in Engineering is a day to celebrate the outstanding achievements of female engineers who have made their mark around the world and shine a light on the amazing opportunities that a career in the engineering industry can bring.

This year’s theme is Transform the Future, and our female engineers around the world do exactly that – transforming lives, communities and cities through contributing their technical expertise to projects, advocating in their industries and being a role model to future generations.

We asked some of our female engineers across the globe to share what inspired them to enter the world of engineering and how they are transforming the future. Click each of the images below to read what they had to say.

Preeti Arora

Sector Manager, Power and Energy, Australia

My parents were a real inspiration. They valued education above all else and instilled the confidence I needed, growing up in India, to challenge cultural norms. My Mum has an electrical engineering background, Dad is a biochemistry professor, and thanks to them both I grew up having discussions at the dinner table, where a woman working in a male-dominated field was simply the done thing.

To any women looking to #transformthefuture today, especially young women, I would say this: Reach beyond your qualifications and experience and believe in yourself. Take risks, invest in yourself, listen to your intuition, and talk confidently about your capabilities – not just what you have done, but what you can do in the future.

Umul Zafar

Environmental Engineer, Pakistan

My job is not limited to a desk or to 9-to-5 working hours. I spend my days traveling to project sites, often in remote and underdeveloped areas of Pakistan, managing occupational health and safety, and environmental management on project sites. This can mean all sorts of challenges, big and small. From engaging with site staff who may not understand the importance of occupational health and safety, to managing the risks of political instability, and often living on sites where I am the only female.

My work challenges me to make the best use of my abilities and gives me a chance to make the world better.

Sabrina Hoque

Road Design Engineer, Bangladesh

I come from an engineering family, and my father’s knowledge inspired me to follow his footsteps. Now I’m an engineer and a mother of two, building infrastructure for future generations. Currently I’m working on road and drainage designs for Bangladesh’s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. It is often challenging to juggle my work and family responsibilities, but with the support of my husband, family and company, I feel my daughters can proudly say that their mother is an engineer.

Jane Gibson

Strategic Projects Manager, Roads and Highways, Australia

Engineering is a career everyone should consider. You have the ability to shape the world we live in, whether it is changing the energy market to focus on renewables, improving the transport network in your city or building new housing to improve affordability. As an engineer you will bring about real tangible change which you can see the benefits of for years to come.

One of my biggest achievements has been working as a Project Manager on Snowy 2.0, a once-in-a-lifetime expansion of the iconic Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme to meet Australia’s future energy needs. This meant coordinating and enabling a team of over 150 people in offices across Australia and overseas to deliver a reference design, tender documentation and tender evaluation within record timeframes.



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