Áine Brazil conferred with Degree of Doctor of Engineering by NUIG
16 June 2015
Áine Brazil, Fellow of Engineers Ireland and vice chairman of Thornton Tomasetti, New York, USA, has been conferred with a Degree of Doctor of Engineering (honoris causa) by NUI Galway.
In a career of more than 30 years with Thornton Tomasetti, Brazil has been responsible for the design and construction of high-rise buildings, air-rights projects with long-span transfer systems, and a mix of educational, institutional, healthcare and hospitality projects.
She has received many awards from business and real estate organisations – including the International Engineering Award at last year’s Engineers Ireland’s Excellence Awards – and has held leadership roles in structural and resiliency code development in New York City. She was the first president of the Structural Engineers Association of New York. A native of Galway city, Brazil obtained her Bachelor of Engineering from NUI Galway, and a Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering from Imperial College in London.
In his citation at the ceremony, Professor Michael Harnett, NUI Galway, said: “This university has honoured people from different countries and different walks of life; it is a pleasure to honour a Galway native. Áine Brazil, vice chairman of Thornton Tomasetti Structural Engineers, is a Galway native of exceptional talent and achievement.
“Áine grew up in Salthill, and attended the local Salerno Secondary School, which she fully embraced through activities such as debating, sports and girl guides. Even then her interpersonal and leadership skills were obvious, and she willingly gave of her time to mentor younger girls.
“For a young woman sitting the Leaving Certificate in the mid 1970s she certainly chose the road less travelled. She was one of three girls in her class who studied honours mathematics, facilitated on Saturday mornings by her maths teacher (Mrs Scanlan, who is with us today). Áine then went on to study civil engineering here at UCG/NUI Galway.
“Áine and her family have very strong links with this university, all of her siblings graduated from NUI Galway, and her mother worked here for many years.
“On graduating, Áine’s first job was with Ove Arup, the prestigious firm of Consulting Engineers, in London. Around this time another ambitious and gifted Irish engineer, Peter Rice RIP, was appointed director of Ove Arup. There are many parallels between the careers of these two brilliant Irish engineers – both would go on to use their imaginations and inventiveness to help create novel structures around the world.
“Most of us take for granted that the bridge we are driving over will not collapse or that the skyscraper we walk past will not come crashing down. Tall buildings, withstanding storm and earthquake, remain standing tall due to the efforts, dedication and courage of gifted engineers such as Áine.
“She has pushed the boundaries of possibility, enhancing our living, working and visual environments.
“Part of the iconic New York skyline has been created from blueprints drafted at Áine’s drawing board; no mean feat – but considerable responsibility.
“Áine also finds time to give back to her industry and the education system. She imparts her knowledge and experience to budding engineers through lecturing at many colleges and universities, such as Princeton, Colombia and Cornell.
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