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I'm Roma Agrawal MBE, a structural engineer and author 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’.


Roma Agrawal is an engineer, author and presenter who is best known for working on the design of The Shard, Western Europe's tallest tower. She studied at Imperial College London and the University of Oxford.

Roma has given lectures to thousands at universities, schools and organisations around the world, including TEDx talks. She has also presented numerous TV shows for the BBC, Channel 4 and Discovery, and hosts her own podcast, Building Stories.

Her first book, BUILT (2018) won an AAAS science book award and has been translated into eight languages.

Roma is passionate about promoting engineering and technical careers to young people, particularly those from minoritized groups, and has won international awards for her technical prowess and for her advocacy for the profession, including the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering's Rooke Award. She was appointed an MBE in 2018 for services to engineering.

Panels & Boards

  • Arts University Bournemouth: Governor (2021 - present)

  • Considerate Constructors Scheme: Non-exec 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)



  • Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

  • Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers

  • Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers

  • Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

  • Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology

  • Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association:

  • Honorary Fellow of the City and Guilds of London Institute

  • Imperial College London: MSc General Structural Engineering

  • University of Oxford: MA Physics

Awards (selection)

  • MBE for services to engineering

  • Royal Academy of Engineering: Rooke Award for the public promotion of engineering

  • Institution of Structural Engineers: Kent Medal, Young structural engineer of the year 

  • Management today: 35 women under 35

  • Women in Construction Awards: Engineer of the year




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