The prestigious awards were announced at a gala dinner held at Montecasino in Fourways, Johannesburg.
“I’m truly honoured to have been presented with the Built Environment Young Professional of the Year award, especially considering the world-class nominees that I was up against. I can attribute passion, creative problem solving, innovation, mentorship, involvement in the wider industry and always striving for excellence to winning this award. Thank you to SAPSA as well as my project team at Aurecon,” said Wojtowitz.
The winners of the various awards were drawn from two main categories: Engineering & The Built Environment, and Legal & Finance. As well as spotlighting these disciplines, they also rewarded companies for performing well in areas such as transformation, contribution to the community, and commitment to ethical and best practice.
One of the judges commented: “I know Geotechnical Engineering is not an easy industry. The fact that Dr Wojtowitz has navigated the field, and has a PhD in it, demonstrates a determination to achieve expert knowledge in her line of work. The awards that she has won in her industry also illustrate that her technical expertise is recognised by her peers and SAPSA will be recognising her within the broader Built Environment sector.”
This award adds to Wojtowitz’s list of numerous other industry achievements, which include being named in 2016 as the Consulting Engineers of South Africa (CESA) Aon Young Engineer of the Year Award winner, and the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) Young Engineer of the Year Award winner.
Wojtowitz is a senior member of Aurecon’s Ground Engineering team which comprises specialist geotechnical engineers and engineering geologists. She is actively involved in mentoring and training junior engineers and managing complex projects. Some of her career highlights include being part of the Deep Foundations Geotechnical team that is supporting world-renowned architect and engineer, Santiago Calatrava, on the Dubai Creek Harbour in Dubai.
“The Dubai Creek Harbour Tower is an iconic project; it’s the type of job you dream about doing when you start working in the engineering sector. Being part of Aurecon has given me the opportunity to be involved in numerous ‘once in a lifetime’ initiatives and opportunities. The projects that I have worked on at Aurecon to date have been hugely rewarding in terms of developing my technical knowledge and problem-solving skills, as well as giving me the opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team comprised of professionals from around the world,” says Wojtowitz.
Within the Built Environment category, Aurecon was nominated as a finalist for the Consulting Firm of the Year. “The Aurecon Group is a shining light among SA professional services firms for a number of reasons: in particular, their quest to employ a global pool of talent to solve critical and complex problems across a variety of industries. Their track record in the built environment is well known to the judges and they are a good example to upcoming organisations during these difficult times…” said a SAPSA judge.
The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) confirmed that global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon was the first company to have 50 Green Star-rated buildings certified in South Africa.