Roma Agrawal

Roma Agrawal

Roma is a chartered structural engineer and author who has worked with signature architects during her fifteen-year career designing footbridges, towers and sculptures; including six years as a senior structural engineer on The Shard, the tallest tower in Western Europe.

Currently, she is writing her third book – NUTS AND BOLTS, which features stories about seven fundamental pieces of engineering, as well as pursuing other freelance consultancy and STEM engagement projects. Her award-winning first book, ‘BUILT: The hidden stories behind our structures’, released in the UK and USA in February 2018, and has been translated into eight languages.

Most recently, she was an Associate Director at AECOM where she managed and led complex multi-disciplinary bids, was London Regional Lead for AECOM in the Perfect Circle Joint Venture, as a partner on the Scape public procurement framework.

A multiple award winner, both for her technical prowess and her contribution to raising awareness of
engineering as a career, Roma was given the ‘Diamond Award for Engineering Excellence’ by the Association for Consultancy and Engineering and an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2018. She has appeared in documentaries and has been featured in many UK broadsheets, magazines and online; on the BBC, ITV, has given two TEDx talks about engineering.

She actively promotes engineering, scientific and technical careers to young people and particularly to under-represented groups such as women and people of colour. Over the last 8 years, she has spoken to thousands of people at schools, universities and festivals across the country and abroad.