Clare is the 2016 winner of the Women's Engineering Society's Karen Burt Award 2016. This prestigious annual award for a newly chartered woman engineer, now in its 18th 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.
During her career Clare Lavelle, the 2016 winner, has successfully delivered a number of technically challenging major projects in the energy sector including the development of the world's first commercial wave farms at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney and the development of Hammerfest Storm tidal technology. Clare has also helped over 2.5 GW of offshore wind projects in UK waters to successfully achieve planning consent. In Clare's current role as Arup's Energy Consulting Business Leader in Scotland and the North East, she manages a team of consultants delivering technical commissions in the energy sector in offshore wind, wave, tidal, oil and gas decommissioning, and carbon capture and storage among others.
Clare says of winning the award: "It is a privilege to represent Women's Engineering Society, who do such important work in improving the profile of women in the engineering industry. I'm glad to be able to contribute to these efforts to make the industry more accessible as I believe that greater gender balance is key to our profession being able to play an even greater role in society. From helping getting wave farms off the ground, to looking at capturing and storing CO2 – engineering has provided me with a challenging career and the opportunity to work on some incredible projects. I am excited about my future career and where engineering will take me."
Benita Mehra, President of the Women's Engineering Society (WES) said "Our Karen Burt award winner Clare Lavelle demonstrates that self-belief and enthusiasm has led her to think about how she can made a difference. As being technically able is a prerequisite to being an engineer and now it involves teamwork, peer engagement and wanting to make a difference."