Roma Agrawal, 29, joined a group of other female engineers at a reception hosted by the 89-year-old monarch to encourage more women to take up the profession.
"We need to break the stereotype of an engineer and show young girls it's a fun career," said Ms. Agrawal. “I really enjoy my job, everyday is challenging and creative, and I don’t know many people that can genuinely say that. My favourite part is being able to point at cool buildings (like The Shard) and saying ‘I designed that’!”, further adding to her comment.
Congratulating Roma, the British Queen said, “Engineering is fundamental to the progression and improvement of our society. It solves problems and it sustains our economies”.
The queen's support is significant, as a report published revealed that Britain lags behind other nations in the status it provides females to the profession. Only six per cent of registered UK engineers and technicians are women, the lowest number in Europe; just around 15 per cent of UK engineering students are female.
Roma works for the WSP Group, a UK firm providing property engineering and management consultancy services. She has already been widely recognised for her work. She was awarded Young Structural Engineer of the Year award in 2011 by the Institution of Structural Engineers, rated ‘Best in Science & Engineering’ at the British Indian Awards 2013 and was a finalist for the Young Woman Engineer of the Year run by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.