Roma Agrawal joins Aecom’s growing structural engineering team in London and will be responsible for both business development and project delivery work.
Ms Agrawal joined Interserve as design manager in December 2015. She was previously with WSP for 10 years, latterly as associate director, working on projects such as The Shard, which helped give her a media profile. Another prestige project awaited her at Interserve – One Nine Elms, for which Interserve had already been selected to build – but a few months after she joined, Interserve walked away from the £1bn project.
Roma Agrawal has been something of a figurehead for women in engineering and construction, both for her technical achievements and for her contribution to raising awareness of engineering as a career. Last year she was included in a list of ‘Top 50 Women Engineers in the UK’ list, compiled by the Women’s Engineering Society, and a national newspaper; in 2014 she was recognised by the Association for Consultancy and Engineering with the Diamond Award for Engineering Excellence. She has appeared in engineering documentaries on the BBC and ITV and has featured in various UK newspapers and magazines to help raise the profile of the profession. She might be the only structural engineer with an agent to represent her.
Roma Agrawal said: “I look forward to working on Aecom’s wonderfully diverse range of projects while also continuing to promote engineering as a career to young people, particularly among under-represented groups.”
Aecom director Mike Burton said: “We are delighted that Roma is now part of the Aecom team – bringing her engineering expertise to our projects and her passion for the profession to our people."
Roma Agrawal is a chartered engineer with both the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) and the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) and is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). She holds a masters degree in general structural engineering at Imperial College London and a degree in physics from Oxford University.