News & Case Studies

19 October 2017

Congratulations to BCRRE’s own rising stars!

In April this year, Women in Rail set out to find the 20 rising stars of the UK railway sector to celebrate women in the UK railway sector who are in the early stages (the first years in the aggregate) of their career in rail but who have already made an impact on their peers, colleagues and customers by demonstrating outstanding technical abilities, personal values and pro-active thinking.

Prof Felix Schmid, PhD, FIMechE, FIRSE, FPWI, Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education said: “The team at the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education are delighted with the inclusion of two Birmingham graduates and a current Birmingham student amongst the 20 Rising Stars of the UK Rail Industry 2017 of Women in Rail. Rhianne Evans earned her doctoral degree in railway systems engineering, while Anni Feng achieved an MEng in computing and communication systems. Lucky Sahota is currently in the second year of her MSc in railway systems engineering. We are proud that about 1 in 5 of our doctoral and masters students are female. We are not complacent and work hard to achieve more.”

Rhianne is Innovation Research & Development Lead at Virgin Trains East Coast. She is described by peers as friendly and approachable, often gently pushing others out of their comfort zone so they can reach their full potential, and working to drive innovation across the rail industry. She has spoken at events to advocate recruitment from more diverse backgrounds, and coached students to recognise their capabilities, value their contribution, and increase their self-confidence. Rhianne has been an active member of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and the High Speed Rail Industry Leaders Group. She won an INCOSE best paper award in 2014 and was selected to represent the UK rail industry during the 2016 Anglo/Japanese Rail Exchange Programme.

Lucky has been newly appointed as the Project Manager for Carillion’s Enhanced Station Works on Crossrail West, previously she was part of a multi-discipline project, enabling the operation of new intercity express trains. She played a vital role in the planning and delivery of the project, from the early contractor involvement phase, through to the sidings being commissioned in January 2017. Lucky strives to develop her project management skills through various CPD training, having recently achieved an HNC in Railway Engineering. She is also currently studying for a master’s degree in Railway Systems Engineering and Integration. Lucky has been an active figure within Carillion’s Support Network for Operational Women in Engineering, promoting the subject of women in engineering to girls in education. Lucky has been nominated for a Values Award by her colleagues, recognising her positive attitude, and pro-active approach to upholding Carillion values in the workplace.

Anni is a Digital Consultant at Arup, currently on assignment in Canada, designing the Intrusion Detection and Access Control System for the Edmonton Valley Line Light Rail Transit Project. She works with contractors and multi-disciplinary experts as the main point of contact for all design coordination on design packages. She is described by peers as hard-working, happy and having strong values. She is said to be an active volunteer, teaching schoolchildren how to code using BBCmicro:bit, organising lectures aiming to inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community and running events targeted at students and young professionals to inspire the next generation of engineers.

Women in Rail – 20 Rising Stars of the UK Rail Industry 2017 – To see the full report on the 20 rising stars in rail – please click HERE 

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