Published: 10 January 2017

Inspiring engineer honoured with portrait

Chartered Civil Engineer and WISE Woman of Outstanding Achievement winner Dr Phebe Mann has been honoured with a photo portrait at The David Hockney Building at Bradford College.

The photographic portrait was unveiled at a WISE Women in Science and Engineering event and the portrait was originally awarded to Phebe for winning the 2011 WISE Women of Outstanding Achievement, Tomorrow's Leader Award. It was displayed in various universities and institutions throughout the country before donated to the college.

At the unveiling of the portrait, Phebe, who graduated from Surrey with an MSc in Bridge Engineering in 1995, said: “My message to young women today is: I would encourage all of you, to strive for excellence!

“If you are passionate about science and engineering, discover your potentials, seek opportunities, equip yourself, develop a positive learning attitude and determine to be successful! Don’t be discouraged by failures! Every success is built on many failures; don’t give up if you believe in yourself.”

Phebe is the first and only woman to hold six professional engineering qualifications concurrently in the UK - Chartered Civil Engineer, Chartered Surveyor, Chartered Construction Manager, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and European Engineer.

A staunch advocate for girls to pursue civil engineering careers, Phebe is an Ambassador for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects, advisory mentor for the Queen’s Young Leaders, and a Talent2030 Hero.

The WISE Awards recognise inspiring organisations and individuals actively addressing the core concerns of WISE: promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics to girls and women.

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