Steel with Roma Agrawal
In this episode, Anna talks to structural engineer, writer and presenter Roma Agrawal about her second-favourite construction material, steel. Roma has worked with steel on construction projects ranging from the Northumbria University Footbridge to London’s iconic Shard. Our conversation starts from ancient wrought iron in India, goes through Henry Bessemer’s back garden and ends up on the viewing gallery of the Shard.
This episode was recorded at The Harrison Bar in London’s Kings Cross by sound whizz Ian Bowkett.
Roma Agrawal is a structural engineer who builds big. From footbridges and sculptures, to train stations and skyscrapers – including The Shard – she has left an indelible mark on London’s landscape. She is a tireless promoter of engineering and technical careers to young people, particularly under-represented groups such as women. She has advised policymakers and governments on science education, and has given talks to thousands around the world at universities, schools and organisations, including two for TEDx. She is a television presenter, and writes articles about engineering, education and leadership. Roma has been awarded international awards for her technical prowess and success in promoting the profession, including the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering’s Rooke Award. Her first book, Built, was published by Bloomsbury to glowing reviews in February this year.