Jeshika Ramchund, Lead Engineer – developments, for Bosch Projects, has been awarded the Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) Young Engineer of the Year Award at the 2019 CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards, held in Midrand on 14 August 2019.
Jeshika, who is passionate about the consulting engineering industry, has 11 years experience in the planning, design and implementation of water and sanitation infrastructure projects. She sees herself as an advocate for change, working closely with clients to improve the lives of many South Africans.
“I have had the privilege of serving several organisations that do amazing work in promoting and growing the engineering profession and enhancing the business of consulting engineering in South Africa, Africa and internationally,” says Jeshika Ramchund, Lead Engineer – Developments, for Bosch Projects. “Through my work, I have had the honor of representing my country on international stages and the chance to serve the engineering profession and our people. I also appreciate having the opportunity to be able to positively influence young professionals.”
Jeshika has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and is currently completing her studies towards a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering at UKZN. Jeshika’s journey at Bosch Projects began as a project leader in the Wastewater division on a large, multi-phase, project for the eThekwini municipality. This project, for the provision of water and sanitation services to informal settlements in eThekwini, won SAICE Durban’s 2018 Regional Award for the Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement in the category of Community-Based Projects and also received an award for the Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement in the category of Community-Based Projects at the CESA/IMESA Awards.
Jeshika is committed to expanding the Bosch Projects team’s reach into integrated and smart developments. With the support of senior management, Jeshika drives the Bosch Interact program – an initiative that aims to develop young professionals in the business as the next generation of leaders to take the industry forward. The company launched this program to enhance and encourage interpersonal skills, professional development and participation in industry initiatives.
Jeshika is the immediate past chairperson of the Group of African Member Associations (GAMA) Young Professional’s Forum, an executive committee member of GAMA and a member of FIDIC YPFSC and the FIDIC Conference Advisory Group. She has been actively involved with Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) since 2008 and has served CESA as chairperson of the Young Professional’s Forum and a council and board member. Jeshika has recently been appointed to the position of chairperson of CESA’s Gender Diversity Forum, aimed at driving the diversity and inclusive agenda in the consulting engineering space.
During June 2019, Jeshika won the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) Durban Branch Young Engineer of the Year Award. She was also presented with the 2018 South African Professional Services Awards (SAPSA) Engineering Young Professional of the Year Award earlier this year and was selected as one of the Mail and Guardian’s 200 ‘Young South Africans to Watch’ in 2018, in the Science and Technology category.