Dr Marzia Bolpagni, head of BIM international and associate director at Mace and a UK BIM Alliance ambassador, has been named as a Young Engineer of the Year by the Royal Academy of Engineers (RAEng).
Dr Bolpagni is one of five engineers recognised in the RAEng Engineers Trust Young Engineer of the Year competition. She was also named the overall competition winner and awarded the RAEng’s prestigious Sir George Macfarlane Medal.
The competition recognises engineers in full-time higher education, research or industrial employment, who have demonstrated excellence in the early stage of their career (defined as less than 10 years since graduation from their first degree in engineering).
She beat four other young engineers in AI processing, wastewater to energy, cancer research and the mechanics of infrastructure material. All five receive awards of £3,000.
Dr Bolpagni said: “I am extremely honoured to receive these awards. It is an achievement for the entire digital engineering community that has been recognised as game changer among different engineering disciplines, across all sectors. Our role is key to pursue a sustainable world and transform the industries and organisations we work in. I am determined to continue working with talented industry experts to enhance the impact of our sector.”
Dr Anne Kemp OBE, UK BIM Alliance chair, said: “I couldn’t be more thrilled for Marzia. Having first met her while she was doing her PhD in Milan, it has been marvellous to see Marzia go from strength to strength in her career, not only providing value to her employers, but contributing massively on the European/UK standards development stage – often amid emotionally charged arguments and debate. Marzia doesn’t give up.
“I am proud that we have her as an ambassador for the Alliance and hugely grateful to her for her continuing contributions to the UK BIM Framework Guidance. A heartfelt well done Marzia!”