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Yewande Akinola wins Exceptional Achiever award – Arup [UK]

Yewande and Areeb Khan display their awards

Since I’ve known this young woman, she’s always been focused and hard-working, garnering Mathematics and Science awards along the way, and everything is now paying off.  

About three years ago freshly out of college, Yewande was one of three employees of Arup who won “the UK’s Society of Public Health Engineers” as Young Rising Stars.  They had designed an energy-efficient rain-harvesting system that Arup had put up for patenting and was pursuing as a commercially-viable project. 

http://www.arup.com/News/2010_03_March/25_Mar_2009_Young_Engineers_of_Year.aspx

She called me a while ago from Paris’ De Gaulle on her way to Lagos for a 4-day trip to give a talk to some “young people”.  What a great pleasure for one not yet even knocking the ’30’ door to – already – be talking of “young people”!  – TOLA, November 28, 2012

Arup environmental services engineer, Yewande Akinola, has been honoured with the Exceptional Achiever award at the 2012 Young BME Engineer of the Year Awards.

Hosted by the Association For Black Engineers (AFBE-UK), the awards recognise young engineers from black and minority ethnic backgrounds who have displayed great courage, ambition and commitment to the engineering profession. The judging panel commented:

“Yewande was chosen for this award because of her outstanding ability to reach non-engineering and engineering audiences; making engineering relevant to a broader audience. We were also impressed by the relevance of her discipline and work to international development.”

Also shortlisted for the award was Areeb Khan, an engineer in Arup’s Midlands’s office, who was described as ‘an outstanding role model for all aspiring engineers’.

The full list of winner and shortlisted candidates is available on the AFBE-UK website.

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