The QEPrize Ambassador Network is an international network of young engineers from both business and academic institutions.  During the first two QEPrize cycles, early- and mid-career UK-based engineers were involved in all prize-related activities. They acted as evangelists for engineering, engaging with teachers, parents, schoolchildren, politicians and journalists about their work and why engineering is such an important profession.

Our UK ambassadors played a vital role in growing national recognition of the prize, a success that the global ambassador network hopes to build on internationally.

The network aims to develop into a community where the engineering ambassadors will be invited to participate in prestigious QEPrize activities, attend international conferences, and provided with a platform to promote their work. As engineering role models, they will connect with peers from different disciplines, in different areas of the world, with the goal of promoting engineering and the objectives of the QEPrize.

Here are some of our current engineering ambassadors:

Yasmin Ali

Yasmin is a chemical engineer working in power generation and oil and gas exploration and production. Winner of the Women’s Engineering Society’s ‘Young Woman Engineer’ award in 2013, she is keen to encourage others to follow her footsteps, actively communicating science and engineering to the public as one of the BBC’s ‘Expert Voices’.   

Paulo Gomes

Studying chemical engineering at university, Paulo went on to specialise in fluid dynamics for his PhD. Working in BP’s Upstream Technology Wells team, he applies this knowledge to design and test computational tools that will predict how fluids will behave during drilling operations. Once functional, Paulo then gets to deploy these tools around the world, even visiting offshore rigs in the North Sea, Egypt and Azerbaijan.

Najwa Jawahar

As a senior structural engineer at WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff, Najwa specialises in the design of tall buildings. She followed her love of heights into engineering, trying to answer a question from her childhood: just how tall is tall? Although Najwa admits the responsibilities of a structural engineer can be daunting at times, being able to facilitate shelter, food, education and healthcare for the population makes it all worthwhile.

Brian Turyabagye

Brian is a telecommunications engineer and founding member of the MamaOpe ‘smart jacket’ team. Fitting directly to the young patient, MamaOpe’s pneumonia-detecting jacket measures babies’ temperature and breathing rate, helping doctors make faster and more accurate diagnoses. Brian and MamaOpe have been shortlisted for the 2017 Africa Prize by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Joanne Beale

A water and sanitation engineer, Joanne has spent most of her career working in developing countries around the world. During three years in Mozambique, she worked closely with local communities, facilitating their development through the transfer of essential engineering skills. Following her return to the UK, Joanne is now working as a freelance consultant on a variety of projects in Africa and Asia.

John Collins

A civil engineer with Arup, John works on bridges and other large structures around the country, making sure they stay safe. In December 2015, a critical structural element on the Forth Road Bridge in Scotland failed, closing the bridge immediately. As part of the emergency engineering team, John helped to design and install repair works, playing a key part in minimising the impact of the failure.

QEPrize ambassadors regularly contribute to our blog, which features articles from a variety of engineering industries. Click here to read stories written by our ambassadors.

Join the Ambassador Network

QEPrize ambassadors must be graduate students or early-career engineers (either apprentices or engineering graduates) with less than 10 years’ experience.  

Become a QEPrize ambassador and:

  • Network with like-minded engineers from around the world
  • Promote engineering to young people in schools and colleges to inspire the next generation of engineers
  • Attend prestigious QEPrize events
  • Benefit from mentorship opportunities from leading engineers

Click here to become a QEPrize ambassador.