Congratulations to Susan – Karen Burt Award 2018 winner

The IFE is delighted to announce the winner of the Karen Burt Award 2018 as the candidate nominated by the Institution: Susan Deeny CEng MIFireE of Ove Arup & Partners.

This prestigious annual award for a newly chartered woman engineer, now in its 20th year, recognises the candidate’s excellence and potential in the practice of engineering; highlights the importance of Chartered status; as well as offering recognition to contributions made by the candidate to the promotion of the engineering profession.

Susan is currently a Senior Fire Engineer at Ove Arup & Partners.

Sally Sudworth, Chair of the Judges, Karen Burt Award 2018, said: “Susan is a chartered engineer with the Institution of Fire Engineers and in 2011 was awarded a doctorate in structural fire engineering from the University of Edinburgh. Her contribution to science and engineering in this specialist field is significant.

“In 2016 Susan was awarded the Margaret Law Award for her creative approach to fire safety design and for her outstanding individual research. She is recognised in her field as an expert witness and has most recently had a supporting role in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. Her commitment to coaching and training is impressive having produced training material, given lectures, supervised and coached PhD students and has also managed school work placements. The judges were particularly impressed with Susan’s role in optimising the design of the iconic Macallan Distillery.”

Susan’s reaction to winning the Karen Burt Award was: “I am truly delighted to receive the Karen Burt Memorial Award from the Women’s Engineering Society. Engineering has been such a challenging and rewarding career for me.

“As a fire safety engineer, my work has helped to shape the built environment in all parts of our lives – our homes, schools, hospitals, places of work and infrastructure. I was drawn into engineering by the buzz of seeing my work shape the world around me.  I believe our built environment would be better for all of us if the people engineering it are representative of our society. So I’m pleased to represent the Women’s Engineering Society which inspires and supports women in all stages of their career.

“I am also particularly pleased to represent the Institution of Fire Engineers. Fire safety engineers play a key role in addressing the risk to life and property from fire. Fire safety engineering is a young discipline, so engineering Chartership is vitally important to the progression and development of our industry.”

Dr Graham Cory, CEO of IFE added: “It is important to emphasise that Susan is an outstanding professional engineer who happens to be a woman, not the other way around. Her colleagues throughout the Institution of Fire Engineers join in celebrating her achievement.”

The Karen Burt Award 2018 was presented to Susan on 2nd October at the Women’s Engineering Society Caroline Haslett Lecture and Awards Ceremony, held at the Institution of Structural Engineers in London.