The QEPrize Ambassador Network brings together the best and brightest early career engineers from all fields around the world, who work to inspire the next generation to follow in their footsteps. Our ambassadors represent 14 countries, over 90 different companies, and all corners of the engineering profession. 

The network empowers young engineers by developing a range of transferable skills that enrich their professional and personal lives. It gives them the opportunity to learn from business leaders and other network members, and it provides a platform for them to collaborate internationally.

QEPrize ambassadors also benefit from a dynamic events programme that ranges from practical projects and volunteering initiatives through to more formalised workshops. The programme is designed to help ambassadors showcase the best of engineering, excite the public about the profession, and inspire younger generations to take up the challenges of the future.

To find out more about the network, you can visit the ambassador blog or follow us on social media. To inquire about how the Ambassador Network can benefit your employees, please get in touch with the Network Coordinator, Katie Draper, via the links below.

Application criteria

There are no upper or lower limits to age and the network welcomes applicants from any engineering background or pathway. However, ambassadors must be early on in their careers with a maximum of 10 years' engineering experience.

The key traits that the prize looks for are excellence in one's professional field, motivation to share one's work with others, and the ability to talk about engineering both articulately and passionately.

Applications must be submitted through our online application form.

Meet 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.