A Sellafield process design engineer has won a major global award.

Rojiar Ferschy was given the Young Industrialist Award at the annual Institute of Chemical Engineers event, which celebrates the achievements of chemical engineers around the world.

Rojiar was recognised for her outstanding professional and personal achievements, having moved to the UK from Iran in 2006 before learning to speak English at the age of 17.

She has since excelled in her training and career at Sellafield as a passionate advocate of chemical engineering.

Judges were particularly impressed by Rojiar’s dedication to voluntary work, using her free time to mentor aspiring engineers, help on water and sanitation projects abroad and teach English to Kurdish within refugee camps in Iran and Turkey.

Seallfield Ltd, Progressive Alliance and AXIOM also won the Team Award for their work to build a new facility to enable long-term storage of nuclear material at the Sellafield site.

Teams from Jacobs, Atkins and Sellafield Ltd were also highly commended for their work in the First Generation Magnox Storage Pond and Evaporator D projects.

Paul Howarth, chief process engineer for Sellafield Ltd said: "Congratulations to all finalists and our winners.

"It is fantastic that our teams and supply chain colleagues have been recognised on this global scale, for their contribution to the site’s clean-up mission.”

Ken Rivers, Institute of Chemical Engineers president, said: “The awards are a clear demonstration of the contribution chemical engineers are making worldwide for the benefit of society. Every finalist is living proof that chemical engineering matters.

“As president of the institution, I’m so proud to have seen first-hand the fantastic work that our professional chemical engineering community are doing."