Eftychia Koursari, a Senior Civil Engineer at Amey Consulting, has been named as a finalist for the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards 2021.
The prestigious engineering industry awards celebrate women working in modern engineering – and aims to help change the perception that engineering is predominantly a career for men. Effie has made it to the final six women, with the winner being announced at an awards ceremony in early December.
Effie is a Civil Engineer in the Structures Team and specialises in scour, the removal of sediment such as sand and gravel from the bed and banks of a waterbody, as well as around structures’ foundations, caused by the movement of water. It is the primary cause of bridge collapse worldwide and the main effect of climate change on infrastructure. She has helped to design advanced solutions that protect both the environment and infrastructure, working towards more sustainable techniques and watercourse restoration, protecting infrastructure, whilst also aiding in the response to the Climate Emergency.
Effie’s work has been published in several international conferences and scientific journals and she is also undertaking part-time PhD Research on scour at the University of Glasgow, funded by Amey, to develop innovative scour monitoring and prediction tools and methods.
She is a member of Amey Consulting’s Carbon and Climate Change Working Group, as well as the Women’s Engineering Society’s Climate Emergency Group and she was also a member of CIRIA’s steering group, producing the new engineering manual on scour.
Effie is an active STEM Ambassador and has been named one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering for 2020 and was also awarded the Women Leaders Association Rising Star in STEM.
The IET is a world leading professional organisation for engineering and recently celebrated 150 years. Effie is joined as a finalist by women from Frazer-Nash, the University of Manchester, Herotech8, Arup and Rolls Royce Plc.