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Najwa Jawahar, Senior Structural Engineer

Najwa, Senior Structural Engineer, is driven by her passion for designing tall buildings, business development and is commitment to developing young engineers and promoting engineering as a career.

Najwa’s vision is to leave her mark not only on the skylines of cities around the world, but also on the construction industry as a whole by improving diversity. Najwa won the IStructE’s Young Structural Engineering International Design Competition 2011 and successfully implemented a graduate development programme at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in 2015.

Najwa said: “I believe an engineer holds the power to transform the future by providing solutions to problems which directly impact social, environmental and economic aspects of our everyday lives. This combined with the dynamic nature of the construction industry, where no two days the same, makes structural engineering the most rewarding career for me.”

Najwa’s vision is to leave her mark not only on the skylines of cities around the world, but also on the construction industry as a whole by improving diversity. Najwa won the IStructE’s Young Structural Engineering International Design Competition 2011 and successfully implemented a graduate development programme at WSP in 2015.

Najwa said: “I believe an engineer holds the power to transform the future by providing solutions to problems which directly impact social, environmental and economic aspects of our everyday lives. This combined with the dynamic nature of the construction industry, where no two days the same, makes structural engineering the most rewarding career for me.”

How does it stand up?

I have always enjoyed subjects that require creativity, innovation and the use of analytical and mathematical skills. It was skyscrapers that drew my attention towards engineering. I always used to look up and wonder ‘how does it stand up?’.

Designing skyscrapers

I now work in the structures team that has provided structural engineering to some of the world’s tallest buildings, including The Shard. I use both basic concepts of mathematics and physics and sophisticated computer software to design tall buildings.

The art of modelling

To me, structural design is an art of modelling materials to deliver engineering solutions to real-life problems.