About Roma

I'm Roma Agrawal, a structural engineer with a physics degree. I've always loved science and design and found engineering to be a great combination between the two.

I've designed bridges, skyscrapers and sculptures with signature architects over my fourteen year career. I spent six years working on The Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe, and designed the foundations and the ‘Spire’.

In addition to winning industry awards, my career has been extensively featured in the media, including on BBC World News, BBC Daily Politics, TEDx, The Evening Standard, The Sunday Times, Guardian, The Telegraph, Independent, Cosmopolitan and Stylist Magazines, documentaries and in online blogs. I was the only woman featured on Channel 4's documentary on the Shard, 'The Tallest Tower'. I was part of M&S's 'Leading Ladies' campaign 2014 and was described as a top woman tweeter by the Guardian.

Outside work, I promote engineering, scientific and technical careers to young people and particularly to under-represented groups such as women. I also engage about these topics with our Institutions and government to understand and develop an effective way forward. Over the last 3 years, I have spoken to over 3000 people at over 50 schools, universities and organisations across the country and abroad.

Please get in touch if you'd like me to present about engineering, women in male-dominated professions, speak to students or the media or indeed have any ideas with a view to promoting the profession!

Panels

  • Considerate Constructors Scheme: Non-executive Director (2017 - 2019)
  • The Your Life Campaign: Founding Member (2014-2017)
  • Construction Industry Council: Diversity Panel (2013-2016)
  • Institution of Engineering & Technology: Knowledge Management Board (2012-2014)


Qualifications

  • Institution of Civil Engineers: Fellow
  • Institution of Structural Engineers: Fellow
  • Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors: Fellow
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology: Member
  • Imperial College London: MSc General Structural Engineering
  • University of Oxford: MA Physics


Hobbies

  • Indian Classical Dancing, Ballroom & Latin dancing, Yoga, Baking, Reading & Travelling


Awards

Building Stories Podcast

Three episode mini-series