Today (23rd June) marks National Women In Engineering Day. This is a day to celebrate some of the work that women do in engineering, and to showcase the great engineering careers that are available. Within Artelia we have a number of women engineers, including one of our young graduates Reem Boujrad.
Reem completed the Master of Civil Engineering at Swansea University in 2014 where during her time there, she was the Civil Engineering Student Ambassador. Her dissertation: “Urban Planning for Smart-Cities: Re-planning Cardiff for efficiency and sustainability” lead to her co-writing chapter 15 of a handbook (“Handbook of Sensor Networking: Advanced Technologies and Applications” Taylor & Francis Group, LLC).
Reem was successful out of hundreds of candidates in joining the Graduate Scheme at Artelia. Here she became a part of the Shell Downstream Retail Capex Investment Programme team as an Assistant Project and Commercial Manager. The programme involved the refurbishment of 116 petrol filling stations throughout the UK in one year. This workload, along with working for one of the biggest clients in the world would be daunting enough for an experienced professional, let alone a graduate straight out of university. This however, did not faze the young graduate, who in her short career has already achieved so much.
Along with her busy role, Reem is fluent in four languages (Arabic, French, English and Spanish). She is a member of many professional groups, including, ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers), Women in Project Management and Urbanistas to name a few. Here she is happy to give up her free time to attend monthly meetings, graduate talks, debates and charity events. She is also a mentor to a second year civil engineering student.
This year the Shell programme has 130 sites to refurbish with Reem having a pinnacle role in the delivery of the Shop and RVIe (signage) programmes.
It is fair to say that this hardworking young lady has grown in confidence over the year and has a bright future ahead of her!