IStructE president Tanya de Hoog sees engineering as a vessel for change

by Helena Morgan
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As the newly appointed president of the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), de Hoog vows to champion purposeful engineering in her tenure. 

de Hoog’s inaugural address to the institution today served as a rallying cry for engineers and the broader built world community to deliver solutions for positive social and ecological impact. 

The president believes structural engineers are equipped with the knowledge and expertise to incite climate action, maintain public safety and positively influence people’s health and wellbeing. 

Despite the challenges and obstacles this year is predicted to bring, de Hoog remains hopeful in the power of structural engineers and the built environment to achieve maximum social impact. 

“My vision is to commit to evolving and expanding our mindset and skills while acknowledging our responsibility to contribute as individuals with unique professional skills,” says de Hoog. 

Industry-wide collaboration 

From an industry-start at BG&E consulting engineers in Perth, de Hoog has forged an impressive global career in engineering. 

She is a principal at the globally renowned scientific and engineering consulting firm Thornton Tomasetti and founded the firm’s London Farringdon office where she worked as its director for nearly 15 years. 

de Hoog will stand as IStructE’s fourth woman president in its 116-year history and the second Australian to be given this honour. She was elected as a member of the institution in 2003 and became a Fellow in 2014.

IStructE’s chief executive officer Yasmin Becker praises de Hoog’s infectious energy and desire to deliver change through engineering. 

“Tanya is a passionate advocate for her profession and industry-wide collaboration,” says Becker. 

For the benefit of people and planet

de Hoog applauded her successor Matt Byatt for his meaningful contributions to the engineering profession and said his advocacy for “greater accessibility to knowledge” paved the way for the realisation of her 2024 goals. 

Such goals include achieving a more inclusive and equal profession through mentoring, refining industry methodologies and techniques and slashing the use of embodied carbon in projects by 10 percent. 

“The aim is to make the ‘engineering with purpose’ vision come to life by building an engineering cohort for change using commitments aligned for the benefit of people and the planet,” says de Hoog. 

Photography supplied by IStructE. 

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