As a civil engineer, I have managed numerous infrastructure improvement projects during my 31-year career — experience I have applied at Heathrow Airport in London, one of the world’s busiest international airports.

For the past 10 years, I have been supporting the redevelopment of Heathrow Airport’s Central Terminal Area (CTA), which includes three terminals, car parks, and underground rail and bus stations. One of the centerpieces of the CTA is the new £2.5 billion Terminal 2, for which we performed site preparation services under my watchful eye as the company’s aviation director.

Performing major construction at an operating airport is not easy — especially when it involves demolishing a control tower and realigning access roads. Located between two runways, the site is very congested and constrained, with a massive amount of underground utilities. Disrupting utilities or services vital to the airport’s daily operations simply is not an option.

Our reputation in the aviation industry has grown significantly over the years, primarily due to the successful high-profile projects we have achieved.

I began my career with an AECOM legacy company in 1985 as an engineering intern. Back then, there were few women in our profession, but I had great support from my supervisors. Today, I am lucky enough to be able to mentor recent graduates and ensure they get the appropriate experience to prepare for their chartership. One of the most rewarding parts of my job is helping them advance in their careers.