Newnham’s Dr Sakthy Selvakumaran named as one of the ‘100 Most Influential Women in Engineering’

Newnham Research Fellow and alumna, Dr Sakthy Selvakumaran, has been announced as one of the top 100 Most Influential Women in the Engineering Sector.

Sakthy Selvakumaran is a Chartered Civil Engineer who has worked across different countries and cultures in design, contracting and international development roles. She is the Isaac Newton Trust / Newnham Engineering Research Fellow.

Sakthy is well known to Newnham members from her Newnham TEDx talk, asking how we can predict bridge collapses before they happen.

The list has been produced by board appointments firm Inclusive Boards in partnership with the Financial Times. The list will officially launch at the Inclusive Boards: Women in Engineering Leadership Conference  on October 22s.

Sakthy responded that “My career as a civil engineer and my research using satellites at Cambridge was driven by a desire to make a tangible difference for society. Engineers make a vital contribution to solving the worlds biggest challenges, and it is great to see this work recognised.”


Elizabeth Oni-Iyiola, Development Director at Inclusive Boards, said: “Engineers have an impact on almost every area of our day to day lives. Sakthy Selvakumaran and those featured today are role models who inspire those around them and demonstrate leadership and influence in the work that they do.”

Inclusive Boards will also be publishing extensive research into engineering in the UK as well as the results of their diversity survey of the UK’s top 500 engineering firms by revenue.

Those featured include senior leaders from top engineering firms such as Amey, Arup, BAE Systems, and Laing O’Rourke.

Read about Sakthy and the 100 Most Influential Women in Engineering at and on the Financial Times website.