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Celebrating Women in Engineering: Shaping a Brighter Future

Every year, International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) shines a light on the incredible contributions of women to the field of engineering. At iRAP, we recognize the vital role women play in creating a safer, more sustainable future.

This year’s #INWED24 theme, Enhanced by Engineering, perfectly encapsulates our commitment to supporting women in engineering. We’re proud to offer a training grant opportunity again this year, designed to empower and equip the next generation of female engineering leaders.

Women make up just over 20% of our #RAPcommunity and we are keen to see that number grow. With these grants, we hope to support more women in their efforts to save lives on roads around the world.

 ‘We have been a part of the transportation system historically dependent on males, we now belong to the decision-makers, the designers, and the agents of change, let’s make the transportation system inclusive to all, women, children, the elderly, and the disabled.’ – Nuria Jasira Diaz Vale (Peru) Successful Grant recipient from 2021

The grants are open to women that have a background in road-related planning, design or engineering, and have not previously taken the Star Rating Essentials and Star Rating for Designs courses. Candidates will be selected on answers they provide to the following questions:

  • Why would you like to learn more about the iRAP methodology?
  • How would you use the knowledge and skills that you learn?

Applications for the Women in Engineering Training Grant Opportunities are now open! Apply on the link below. 

IWED Grant Recipient's 2021

In 2021 we were incredibly proud to announce that because of the higher-than-expected interest and number of excellent applications, we had decided to extend the iRAP International Women in Engineering Day Grant Scheme to reward 31 successful recipients instead of 20. These women are from all around the word, including Nepal, Iraq, Brazil, India, Italy, Spain, Uganda, Namibia, Rwanda, Kenya, Poland, Vietnam, Romania, Jordan, Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Tanzania and Bangladesh.

Some of the highlights nominated by the successful recipients on how they intend to use use their knowledge include:

  • To prioritize investment in Italy
  • To teach future engineers at University in Brazil
  • To implement in a 6,000km network in Catalonia
  • To disseminate to my work colleagues and contribute to the regulatory agencies in Brazil
  • To contribute to road safety designs in India
  • To advocate for safer roads in Rwanda
  • To solve road safety issues and implement the correct and sustainable road safety approaches in Kenya.
  • To  motivate and pass on the knowledge to other women engineers in Poland.
  • To implement in the concession roads in Argentina.

Below is a list of all our successful recipients.

We would like to thank all 193 applicants for their interest. The number of applications received demonstrates that there are more women ready and willing to work on road safety assessment and we look forward to supporting their growth in our #RAPCommunity. We are very grateful for the extraordinary support of the FIA Foundation to make these opportunities possible.
Job TitleOrganisationCountry
Abeer JameelLecturerMustansiriyah UniversityIraq
Andressa Ka Yan NgPorfessora SubstitutaUFAL - Universidade Federal de AlagoasBrazil
Archana BhangaAuthority EngineerMARC Technocrats Pvt.Ltd.India
Barbara BianchiniEngineerANAS S.p.A.Italy
Betania PaulinoAnalista de Infraestrutura de Transportes - Engenharia CivilDepartamento Nacional de Infraestrutura de Transportes - DNITBrazil
Bruna AndradeAnalista de Novos NegóciosGrupo CCR EngelogBrazil
Cintia CamposProfessoraUniversidade Federal de GoiásBrazil
Cristina GilRoad auscultation managerGeneralitat de CatalunyaSpain
Daisy A. LatimVolunteer Graduate Civil EngineerVolunteer at UNRA (Design department)Uganda
Elina Hamatwi - LumbuSenior Specialist - Roads Legislation ComplianceRoads Authority of NamibiaNamibia
Giuseppina PappalardoPost-Doc ResearchUniversity of CataniaItaly
Joyce IshimweVolunteerHealthy People RwandaRwanda
Joyce KihachuAssistant EngineerKeNHA-CAS ConsultantKenya
Katarzyna TurońScientific AssistantSilesian University of Technology, Faculty of Transport and Aviation Engineering, Department of Road TransportPoland
Larissa WendlingEspecialista em RegulaçãoANTTBrazil
Le Thi THUONGTraffic EngineerOriental Consultants GlobalVietnam
Linda Nekesa MasiboProject ManagerHasselt UniversityKenya
Luana Viana de Paula CabralProject ManagerCertare Engenharia e ConsultoriaBrazil
Mariana NiculescuEngineer - Head of Office Pavement Management SystemCESTRIN - Center for Road Technical Studies and Informatics - National Road Administration of RomaniaRomania
Michelle Maura RibeiroEngenheira Civil e Professora UniversitáriaArcadis Brasil e UniCEUBBrazil
Muna AbdelbaqiRoad Safety EngineerJordan Society for the Prevention of Road AccidentsJordan
Naomy ChemutaiEngineer (Roads)Kenya National Highways AuthorityKenya
Natalia TinjacaConsultora Nacional en Seguridad VialOrganización Panamericana de la SaludColombia
Nuria Jasira Diaz ValerEspecialista en Seguridad VialMunicipalidad de MirafloresPeru
Passy MuriukiGraduate Engineer Transportation DepartmentGibb Africa LimitedKenya
Pranita RanaMemberSafe and Sustainable Travel NepalNepal
Reema BasnetEngineerSSTN- Safe and Sustainable Travel NepalNepal
Sambriddhi ShresthaEngineer, Senior OfficerSafe and Sustainable Travel Nepal, Civil Aviation Authority of NepalNepal
Sinchita PoddarJunior Monitoring SpecialistLocal Government Engineering Department (LGED)Bangladesh
Yael ZaidenknopJefe de proyectos y licitacionesAutopistas Urbanas S. A.Argentina
Yvonne KilauwoWASH EngineerNorwegian Refugee CouncilTanzania
IWED Grant Recipient's 2022

In 2022, we were are incredibly proud to announce that this year’s 30 iRAP International Women in Engineering Day Grant recipients are from 19 countries, including Thailand, Uruguay, Brazil, Mexico, India, Philippines, Kenya, Australia, Colombia, Malaysia, Ecuador, Slovak Republic, Cameroon, Romania, South Africa, Peru, Tunisia, Bangladesh and El Salvador.

Some of the highlights nominated by the successful recipients on how they intend to use their knowledge include:

  • To use the iRAP methodology to assess the safety of roads, and incorporate safety measures in the design phase in Kenya.
  • To evaluate roads in the city of Quito (Ecuador).
  • To prioritise investments in India.
  • To assess roads in Thailand and Laos.
  • To make the roads of El Salvador safer and diminish the awful accidents that happen every day. With this knowledge, I would be able to assist my company more effectively in new road projects that require iRAP’s star rating system.
  • To integrate the proper and appropriate road safety measures that will surely address the safety and mobility problems in the Philippines’ national road network.
  • To give me the opportunity to develop more comprehensive advocacy work to create safer streets for children in particular (South Africa).

Below is a list of all our 2022 successful recipients.

We would like to thank all 84 applicants for their interest. The number of applications received demonstrates that there are more women ready and willing to work on road safety assessment and we look forward to supporting their growth in our #RAPCommunity. We are very grateful for the extraordinary support of the FIA Foundation to make these opportunities possible.
Job TitleOrganisationCountry
Abbey LuttrellProject Manager / Civil EngineerGHDAustralia
Aimee WescombeBusiness Group Leader - Transport TasmaniaGHDAustralia
Annesha Das HasiExecutive Engineer at Roads and Highways Department Roads and Highways Department Bangladesh Bangladesh
Asfia SultanaExecutive EngineerRoads and Highways Department BangladeshBangladesh
Besung Albright Ngum-NumforGraduating student, Masters in Civil Engineering National Advanced School of Public WorksCameroon
Blanca Rosa de Guadalupe Ortega ReyesTécnico, atención y seguimiento de auditoriasSecretaria de Comunicaciones y Obras Públicas del EstadoMexico
Camila EliasCivil EngineerSDK EngineeringEl Salvador
CarolinaEngenheira civil Coordenadoria de operação DER-SPBrazil
Denyssa PelinPublic Relations Specialist on Road SafetyNational Company for Road Infrastructure Administration (NCRIA)Romania
Doreen Alekana Graduate Engineer Egis Kenya
Eunice WahomeLecturerKenya Institute of Highways and Building TechnologyKenya
Imen MakhloufSenior Transport EngineerPrivate sector-PIARC-ATRTunisia
Kala PDirector-Road User SafetyKerala Road Safety AuthorityIndia
Katherin Dahiana Silva CuttiAyudante de ingenieroMTOP - Ministerio de Transporte y Obras Públicas Uruguay
Kirsten WilkinsManaging Director Open Streets Cape TownSouth Africa
Kunnawee KanitpongProfessorThailand Accident Research Center, Asian Institute of TechnologyThailand
Maisa PiresEngenheira Civil de Projetos, ênfase em Segurança ViáriaArteris S.A.Brazil
María GonzálezSpecial Project ManagerConsultores de Transporte, S.A.Mexico
Marjorie Añasco Engineer III - Planning and Design Section, Traffic Engineering Division, Bureau of Quality and SafetyDPWH-Central Office, Traffic Engineering Division - Bureau of Quality and SafetyPhilippines
Martha PlazasCivil EngineerNational Road Safety Agency of ColombiaColombia
Megha KashyapExecutive Transport PlanningDelhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System LimitedIndia
Norfaizah Binti Mohamad KhaidirResearch Officer Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS)Malaysia
Pamela Alejandra Villacrés TapiaArchitect - Master in Transport Management. Mention in Mobility, Transit and Road SafetyMetropolitan Transit Agency of the city of QuitoEcuador
Patricia BertozziConsultoria especialista em transportesPPB Engenharia EPPBrazil
Patricia Karen Illacanchi GuerraMobility ConsultantRoad Safety Directorate - PeruPeru
Romana SolarikovaProject ManagerMinistry of Transport and Construction of Slovak RepublicSlovak Republic
Rosebrenda Muchiga Engineer RoadsKenya National Highways Authority Kenya
Samantha ChapmanTransport Engineer - BEng(Civil)(Hons)GHDAustralia
Sharon SeleinAssistant EngineerMaterial Testing and Research DivisionKenya
Zoranyi Sierra DíazIngeniera Civil Especialista en Seguridad VialInterventoria Agencia Nacional de Infraestructura - Universidad Nacional de ColombiaColombia

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