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Adriana Botto

Principal engineer subsea integrity

Perth, Australia

Joined In


Works On

Identifying and coordinating developing technologies and innovations


Spending time with my 5-year-old son, playing soccer and travelling the world

Tell us about your role at Wood

My first job was at Petrobras, an oil company in Brazil. I worked in the inspection and maintenance department where I was responsible for the structural integrity of risers and pipelines. I went offshore to conduct visual inspections and played an integral role in developing risk-based inspection programs. I also interfaced with Petrobras’ research centre to develop new technologies to address operational challenges.

In 2006, I moved to Perth, Australia and joined MCS, which was acquired by Wood in 2008. I worked as the subsea integrity management team lead, which taught me how to effectively manage teams. In 2012, I moved to Brazil to set up our Integrity Management offering in Rio de Janeiro. In Brazil, I learned a lot about business development and actively contributed to developing the local business plan, including estimation of revenue target and defining the strategies to meet our goals.

Four years later I moved back to Perth, Australia, where I am currently based. I am responsible for leading two joint industry projects on behalf of Wood.

Recently, I was appointed as the Global Innovation Lead. My role is to identify, nurture and coordinate developing technologies and innovations  and support the business in actively pursuing innovation leads. If we do not continue to innovate, our products will stagnate and will not be as successful in the future as they are currently. My role ensures that we are innovating in a globally coordinated fashion to make best use of our innovation efforts.

What is a particular highlight in your career to date?

I am a non-executive director of the Subsea Innovation Cluster Australia and I have published and presented numerous papers at leading offshore conferences, including OTC.

What advise would you share for women considering a career in STEM?

As the world becomes more dependent upon technological solutions, technical fields will become more essential to our life. STEM allows you to work on real-life problems, while also helping people and impacting our community in a positive way. Women bring a diversity of thought to the industry that is critical to creating greater innovations. If you have a desire to pursue a career in STEM, persevere and work hard! If you have a passion for what you want to do, you can overcome any barrier.