Jacobs’ Catriona Schmolke Awarded Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship
Catriona Schmolke has been named Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) in the United Kingdom. Schmolke has been recognized by the RAEng for her contribution to bringing sustainable values to engineering. The RAEng Fellowship represents many of the nation’s best engineering researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, business and industry leaders. Election to the RAEng is by invitation only; about 50 fellows are elected each year by peer review from nominations made by existing fellows.
A chartered engineer and applied geologist with a master’s degree in mine water pollution and remediation, Schmolke’s career at Jacobs spans 28 years. She was appointed to the role of senior vice president of Global Health, Safety, Environment (HSE) and Security earlier this year. Throughout her career, Schmolke has focused primarily on project delivery work across a variety of sectors including mining, nuclear, pharmaceutical, utilities, infrastructure and defense. She has held several operational leadership positions and was part of Jacobs’ global sales team for five years. One of her many achievements is establishing a multidisciplinary consultancy capability within the company to provide a platform to identify environmental benefits, drive innovation, improve operational efficiency, and respond to opportunities to bring sustainable principles into everyday engineered solutions.
Schmolke has also been a role model for many female professionals and she enjoys mentoring others in their careers. She passionately promotes the importance of diversity and inclusion as a key enabler of successful project delivery. As a Jacobs STEM Ambassador she works with many school age children to encourage the next generation of engineers.
Commenting on her fellowship, Schmolke said, “It is a great honor and privilege to be recognized by the Royal Academy of Engineers. There are so many ways engineering positively shapes the world we live in. Throughout my career I’ve had tremendous opportunities to develop skills and learning which have underpinned my professional and personal journey. At Jacobs, we enjoy working at each challenge until it’s solved, or finding ways to improve an outcome. We also have a responsibility to develop the next generation of talent in engineering, and I take great satisfaction in seeing those that I am supporting grow in their career and realize their potential.”
President of the RAEng, Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS said, “For 40 years the academy has gathered the wisdom, ingenuity and expertise of the nation’s finest engineers to advance and promote excellence in the profession. I am delighted to welcome to our fellowship 50 more of today’s very best engineering minds. From life-changing equipment revolutionizing our hospitals, to new tools that are enabling high-tech businesses to flourish, their work has delivered great value to society. We are very much looking forward to working with all our new fellows as we continue to make the U.K. a leading nation for engineering innovation.”