Winning awards for her technical prowess and championing of STEM-related careers, structural engineer Roma Agrawal has been pioneering change in the industry. As well as playing a key role in the design of numerous bridges, sculptures and towers, including The Shard, Roma delivers a unique message as a keynote and business speaker to engage young people, institutions and governments around the world with the engineering profession.
Roma Agrawal is a structural engineer that builds BIG. Known for her key role in the design of The Shard, she has left an indelible mark on London’s skyline.
As a minority in her field, where she sits at the melding point between science and design, Roma's engaging keynote and business speeches have sparked a surge of interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with their unique message - to drive accessibility to underrepresented groups and encourage women to reach the heights of these fields. Her speeches on leadership and confidence, and the panel discussions she’s chaired have inspired many to pursue their dreams.
With a unique academic background, including a physics degree from Oxford University hanging on her wall, Roma experienced both obstacles and exciting opportunities from the outset as she embarked on her climb up the ranks of the industry. She has worked with some of the biggest names in architecture to bring bridges, skyscrapers and sculptures into being.
As well as being a founding member of the Your Life campaign, which aims to inspire young people to study science, technology, engineering and maths, Roma was a style ambassador for M&S's Leading Ladies campaign (2014) and Lancome (2017); was on the Diversity Panel for the Construction Industry Council; and is a non-executive director on the board of the Considerate Constructors Scheme.
Unsurprisingly, her extensive career towers with prestigious industry awards-including The Diamond Award of Excellence (2014 Engineering Excellence Awards) and the Engineer of the Year award (2014 Women in Construction Awards), to name but a few. In 2017, she received the prestigious Rooke Award for public promotion of engineering from the Royal Academy of Engineering.
This year, Roma's film on Brunel's box tunnel came out on The One Show, and her documentary Abandoned Engineering was broadcast globally on various networks. She has been widely featured in the media including BBC Daily Politics and World News, as well as TEDx where she discussed the engineering brand, The Evening Standard, The Independent, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, Cosmopolitan, and Stylist Magazine.
In her passionate promotion of engineering, scientific and technical vocations, Roma is heavily engaged with institutions and government to develop an effective way forward; she has spoken to some 10,000 people at over 150 schools, universities and organisations around the world.
She has also finished her book, 'BUILT: The hidden stories behind our structures', which is scheduled for publication on 8 Feb 2018 in the UK and 13 Feb in the USA. It will also be released in India, Australia and translated into German (and others in good time)! In this, she shares fascinating tales of how the world we inhabit was built.
She recently spent time in the USA as part of the Secretary of State's IVLP, and spent 3 weeks with 21 women from 19 countries touring the country to meet people all engaged in increasing the representation of women in STEM. Meeting all these inspirational people that are trying to create change left her feeling energised and more determined than ever.
Her speaking topics include:
- Engineering/design and its future
- Leadership and confidence
- Engaging women in male-dominated professions
- Promoting STEM to the next generation
- Hosting award dinners
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