Published: 29 June 2018

Alumna named as one of top 50 women in engineering

Alumna Eur Ing Dr Phebe Mann has been named as one of the top 50 women in engineering by the Women’s Engineering Society and The Telegraph newspaper.

Phebe Mann

Dr Mann, who graduated from Surrey with an MSc in Bridge Engineering in 1995, has been recognised in the WE50: Returners and Transferrers 2018 list. A Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Civil Engineers, she is also a staunch advocate for girls to pursue civil engineering careers.

She is an Ambassador for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects, advisory mentor for the Queen’s Young Leaders initiative which celebrates exceptional young people, and a Talent2030 Hero, acting as a role model within the field of engineering.

In 2016 a photographic portrait of Dr Mann was unveiled at a Women in Science and Engineering event for winning an Outstanding Achievement, Tomorrow’s Leader Award.

She is currently completing her Bar Professional Training Course to qualify as a construction and engineering lawyer.

The WE50 campaign, raises awareness of the skills shortage facing the industry and the huge discrepancy between the numbers of men versus women currently in engineering professions. The list features the UK’s top rising female stars looking to change perceptions and encourage young women to consider engineering as a viable and rewarding career.

Dr Mann said: “I am passionate about my career in construction and law and delighted to see more and more young people, especially women, seriously considering careers in the property and construction industry.

“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!”

Kirsten Bodley, chief executive of WES, said of the winners and their achievements: “For the Top 50, we looked for women who had overcome hurdles and returned to or transferred into/or across roles in engineering. In addition, they have all demonstrated that they are doing something to help support and inspire other women to succeed and progress in engineering whether it is working within their organisation through mentoring or inspiring young women through STEM activities.”

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