Alexandra Keeler, an Overhead Line Design Engineer (Mechanical Engineer) with Amey, is the most outstanding individual registered as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) in 2021.

Alex impressed the judges by her clear, confident, and well-structured presentation and her fast career progression from Assistant Signalling Designer to Lead Designer in just 5 years.  She clearly demonstrated her ability to apply engineering knowledge through describing how she led the development of automation of 3D modelling for Overhead Line Design, which is currently under trial to be adopted nationally by Amey.

Amongst the various health and safety forums she leads and contributes, Alex has pioneered a Site Reporting Handbook for Amey where examples of good practice and lessons learned are recorded and shared.  As a STEM Ambassador, Alex freely volunteers her time in promoting engineering across a broad range of ages and was successfully chosen to join the Stemazing Inspiration programme as a role model to inspire the next generation of engineers.

Alexandra Keeler receiving her award from Master Engineer, Aurey Canning.

Alex received her award of a Medal and £1000 from Master Engineer, Audrey Canning at the Annual Awards Dinner of the Worshipful Company of Engineers held at The Guildhall, London on 14 July 2022.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers nominated Alex for this award.  Overall, she has proven herself to be the worthy winner by demonstrating application of new and emerging technology, commitment to improve the engineering community she is a part of and the promotion of engineering through development and volunteering. Alex said:

Receiving the Baroness Platt of Writtle Award is the greatest of honours and the proudest moment of my career. I am proud to have demonstrated all that I am passionate about including engineering, encouraging the next generation of engineers, Health & Safety and mental health. I will continue to use my platform to promote all of these things. With thanks to Amey, IMechE and The Worshipful Company of Engineers, without which this would have not been possible.”

photo courtesy of Mark Witter Photography

The Baroness Platt of Writtle Award recognises engineering excellence in those who achieved registration as an Incorporated Engineer in the preceding calendar year.  It is named after the late Livery member and Court Assistant Emeritus, The Baroness Platt of Writtle CBE FREng, in recognition of her work in support of the Engineering profession in general and Incorporated Engineers in particular. The Award is funded and managed by the Engineers’ Trust which acknowledges the assistance of the Engineering Council and its partner Professional Engineering Institutions in selecting the winner.

Engineering Council Case Study – Alexandra Keeler

Engineering Council Press Release – Alexandra Keeler

The Worshipful Company of Engineers Charitable Trust (the Engineers Trust) acknowledges excellence in engineering, supports engineering education and research, gives grants and assists in the relief of poverty.