Engineer of the Year 2022 and Project Manager, Major Linear Infrastructure at Arup
Many towns and villages across Ireland experience adverse social, economic, climate and environmental impacts due to a lack of appropriate infrastructure.
As part of my role managing major linear infrastructure projects, I strive to make a positive impact and create sustainable solutions for communities across Ireland. I see my role as an opportunity to deliver transport solutions that benefit future generations. Throughout my 20-year career, I have challenged preconceived ideas by developing innovative approaches to sustainable transport solutions.
Since 2020, I have been working as a project manager on the pre-planning phases of the N24 Cahir to Limerick Junction Project which will provide a reliable, sustainable transport solution and improve connectivity between Limerick and Waterford, encouraging local, regional, national and international development.
I have led our multidisciplinary team by identifying the transport issues along this corridor, key constraints and selection of a preferred transport solution. We took a step back from the focus of only providing new road infrastructure and considered all modes of transport. In this way, we are providing a human-centred, sustainable transport solution with an emphasis on walking, cycling and public transport. Building a new road is the last piece of the jigsaw.
Adaptability, communication and empathy are three of the greatest skill sets that engineers can possess.
Adaptability, empathy and experience
Adaptability, communication and empathy are three of the greatest skill sets that engineers can possess. External factors influence all projects, and we must ensure that we are keeping up to pace with the rapidly changing world. I believe in putting people at the heart of projects and am passionate about giving towns back to their people. It is only when we fully understand the problem that we can identify the correct solution.
Engineering the future
A career in engineering is full of endless opportunities. Engineers are central to transforming our world and finding innovative solutions to complex problems, such as the need to get people and goods moving more sustainably, design climate-resilient buildings and regenerate urban areas.
There is so much happening in the world, and we have the power to make an impact. We’re working to solve people’s problems. I hear about climate action on the news, and I have the opportunity to create sustainable solutions as part of my day-to-day work. For me, engineering is very rewarding and satisfying. I would encourage any student with a desire to drive change to pursue a STEM career.