Dr Marzia Bolpagni has joined Northumbria University’s faculty of Engineering and Environment as a visiting professor.
It is hoped her appointment will improve equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) outcomes and mentor students toward achieving their career goals.
The appointment follows funding from The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), allowing Bolpagni – who serves as associate director of BIM International at Mace – to join the university’s department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering.
Bolpagni has an extensive background in digital construction, working in various leadership roles across several initiatives focussed on the digital transformation of the built environment.
Bolpagni was also named Young Engineer of the Year 2021 by the RAEng, and featured in the Financial Times as one of the most influential women in tech.
For her inaugural lecture, Bolpagni discussed how digital engineering as a career prospect can support engineering and construction disciplines to both improve EDI outcomes and address decarbonisation challenges.
Commenting on her appointment, Bolpagni said: “I’m excited to work in collaboration with the Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering to enhance the student experience and explore how digital engineering can support a sustainable, diverse, and inclusive society.
“I’m looking forward to working with students as they prepare to step into their careers in construction, and will be mentoring them along the way.”
Professor John Woodward, faculty pro vice-chancellor for Engineering and Environment, added: “We are delighted to welcome Dr Marzia Bolpagni as a visiting professor in the faculty.
“I have no doubt that Professor Bolpagni’s expertise and mentoring will have a positive impact on our students as they plan their future careers in the industry.
“We look forward to working together to offer this critical support to our students.”
Image: Dr Marzia Bolpagni
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