An engineer from Whitley Bay has secured a place in a national organisation.
Meshi Taka has been awarded Chartered Civil Engineer status and gained membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).
The 34-year-old works as a flooding protection co-ordinator at Northumbrian Water’s office in Pity Me, near Durham.
Originally from Cameroon, Meshi studied at the University of Bradford before moving to the north east.
Meshi said “Becoming a chartered engineer and a member of the ICE is the highlight of my career so far.
“I was first inspired to become a civil engineer by my father.
“I’m looking forward to the new opportunities that this will bring, both in my own career and in how I can help to develop the next generation of engineers, especially female engineers.”
She was presented with her membership certificate by ICE Vice President Professor Tim Broyd at a special ceremony.
Penny Marshall, ICE North East director, said: “Civil engineering sits right at the heart of society.
“It is all about shaping, improving and protecting the infrastructure that we all depend on in our day-to-day lives from bridges, roads and railways right through to energy networks and water and waste infrastructure.
“Achieving ICE membership is a significant personal and career achievement and we welcome Meshi into the ICE.”