Clark Lecture 2018: 'Draw an Engineer' – Can the common perception of engineering be improved?

The Department of Civil Engineering is delighted to invite students, staff and members of the public to the annual Clark Lecture.

This year, the high-profile lecture is being delivered by Dr Sarah Buck OBE, a structural and civil engineer and business woman, as well as co-founder and Director of BSW Consulting following a distinguished career in engineering consultancy. From 2007- 2009 Sarah was the 88th President, and first female President, of the Institution of Structural Engineers.

Event details
 Location G31 Mechanical Engineering Building, Y3 on the campus map
 Date  Monday 21 May 2018 (17:15 - 19:00)
 Contact  Hannah Chambers (
 Registration  Via the form below

The event will be preceded by refreshments, posters, videos and demonstrations of our current and past research programmes, and our plans for the National Buried Infrastructure Facility and the TRAIN Rig – two of UKCRIC’s major new investments. Please join us from 16:00 to see what we do and explore the opportunities to collaborate. 

Following the presentation there will be a buffet and drinks reception. 

  • Name

Dr Sarah Buck 

OBE BSc(Hons) Hon DEng CEng FIStructE MICE PgDip (Arch Cons)

Sarah BuckSarah is a Consultant with Exeter-based civil and structural engineering consultancy BSW Consulting; a company she co-founded 22 years ago and sold to the Parkwood Group in 2015. Sarah has been involved in the design and supervision of a wide range of civil and structural projects during her working life, both in the UK and overseas. During her career, she has developed a particular interest in historic structures and has worked to encourage young people, especially girls, to see engineering as an exciting and worthwhile career.

Sarah achieved a first class honours degree in Engineering Science from the University of Exeter. Following a period of research in medical engineering, working on the replacement hip joint (the Exeter hip), she started work as a civil engineer on the M5 motorway. Having achieved chartered status as a civil engineer, she concentrated on structural engineering. She was elected as the first female Council member of the Institution of Structural Engineers in 1983 (whilst pregnant with her first child), became a Fellow of the Institution in 1997 and its first female President in 2007.

Sarah has been a member of the University of Exeter Council since 2009 where she is now a Pro-Chancellor and the Independent lead for Infrastructure and Environmental Sustainability. Sarah is on the Joint Board of Moderators and is also a member of the ethics panel of the Institution of Structural Engineers.

Sarah was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Exeter in 2008 and an OBE in the 2015 New Year Honours for her services to Engineering and Education.