What is your current Job Title or Role?
Sustainability Engineer
What advice would you have for young women who are interested in a STEM career or job?
If you are interested in a STEM related career, do not hesitate to pursue it! You will have a vast range of opportunities and roles to choose from! I work in the construction industry and there are many career opportunities to suit everyone's skills! This industry is quickly becoming one for the girls, not just the boys!
How did you get to where you are today?
My interest in Maths stipulated my creativity and got me interested in how things and subsequently structures work.I undertook an undergraduate course in Civil Engineering and later completed a Masters course in Architectural Engineering Design, where I specialised in sustainable building design.
What do you do on a daily basis in your work?
My role mainly involves advising the Design Team and Client on how to achieve a holistic sustainable, low carbon and energy efficient building design approach. On a typical day at work -I create 3D models of proposed buildings - I calculate the predicted energy consumption and carbon emissions and propose solutions on how to reduce them. - I complete assessments and advise on appropriate renewable technologies to fit the project. Over the five years of my career I have been involved with more than 80 projects covering a range of building types.
Who or what inspired you to get into STEM?
My father is a retired Mathematician and his passion from Maths got me interested into the magical world of numbers from a young age.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
The satisfaction of seeing a building getting complete and being able to say "I was part of the team who built that!". Also, the satisfaction of having contributed in improving our World by designing low carbon/ energy efficient buildings!
What do you like to do outside work?
You can normally find me; lying on the grass - travelling with my camera - walking on coastal paths - in the theatre - in a concert - doing crafty workshops or just being lazy doing nothing!