Cork woman awarded Engineer of the Year

Cork native Mary Hurley has been awarded the Engineer of the Year award by Engineers Ireland.

The UCC Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate was awarded by Engineers Ireland in recognition of the impact and contribution of her work on communities throughout Ireland.

As a Major Linear Infrastructure Project Manager with engineering consultancy firm Arup, Mary views her role as an opportunity to deliver transport solutions that benefit future generations.

Mary began her career in Arup’s Cork office in 2002 and relocated to Galway in 2014. Throughout her 20-year career, she has challenged preconceived ideas by developing innovative approaches to transport projects by providing human-centred, sustainable transport solutions.

“I am honoured to be recognised by Engineers Ireland for my contribution to engineering and to be presented with the Engineer of the Year accolade.

Commenting on receiving the award, Mary Hurley said:

“I see my role as one that can drive positive change, particularly in relation to the climate crisis. As engineers, we have an opportunity to rethink how we progress projects, putting sustainability at the fore. I am passionate about placemaking and dedicated to developing transport solutions which free up public spaces and give towns and communities back to their people. I am incredibly proud of what I have achieved over my 20-year career with my colleagues in Arup, and I look forward to continuing to put people and sustainable development at the heart of our projects.”

As part of Engineers Ireland’s celebration of Ireland’s engineering community in 2022, Mary will now feature in Engineers Ireland’s new five-part Engineering Excellence Digital Series, held in association with ESB. Mary’s video in the series provides an insight into the most rewarding aspects of her career and how innovative approaches to transport solutions can get people and goods moving in a more sustainable way.


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