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Meet Arup's Global Fire Engineering Leader Barbara Lane

 June 01, 2016

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Impressive engineering work

An Arup Fellow, Barbara Lane is a Global Fire Engineering Leader. Her best solution to date is being part of the delivery team for Terminal 2 in Dublin airport. This was significant because she was part of an impressive team of people who exerted personal commitment, strong effort and profound problem solving abilities to achieve what felt like the impossible. Barabra says it was an honour and career changing to witness everyone’s dedication and the project’s impact.

An inspiring collaborative environment

Barbara enjoys making clients happy as she enjoys the challenge in providing high quality practical solutions of use to a client and for her work to be commercially astute on their behalf. Fire engineering relies entirely on hardworking trustworthy relationships as there are so many people always involved. "The collaborative environment is inspiring. The multiple skills and personal efforts required to deliver a real building people actually want to use, is the most unsung part of our profession," explains Barbara.

Why Arup?

Barbara regularly meets people at Arup who've such deep knowledge, skills and belief in the power of engineering, and finds their conbtribution to be at a high quality level. "I am in awe of what they have achieved and are continuing to achieve all around the world," comments Barbara.

Women engineers

"I've been very privileged with the opportunities available to me since I left St David’s secondary school in Greystones in county Wicklow," says Barbara. "There I met a senior executive from a major oil company who told me women couldn’t be engineers. He inspired me to pursue this profession, and so follow in the footsteps of my father."

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