Meet our Engineering shortlisted candidates:
Ozak is a Graduate Engineer at Cundall in Birmingham. She is Nigerian and at 17 years old, she moved to the UK to study Electronic and Electrical Engineering (BEng) at Loughborough University. She graduated with First Class Honours July 2011, and was awarded a Loughborough University Research Studentship to undertake a PhD. She started her PhD in renewable energy October 2011 and completed it October 2015. Her research demonstrated the potential and opportunities for instrumenting low-cost sensors in consumer electronics for vibration-based condition monitoring of wind turbine blades.
Passionate about raising the profile of engineering and encouraging young people into the profession; she is a STEM Ambassador with STEMNET, a volunteer Mathematics Tutor with The Access Project, and a Cundall Mentor to a Year 12 Arkwright Scholar.
Ozak aspires to establish a novel link between work undertaken in her PhD and potential applications within the built environment that will optimise building use. A Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET), she also aspires to become a Chartered Engineer.
Gareth is a civil engineer at AECOM in Northern Ireland. Gareth works as part of the Water Business Line delivering design and project management services for water/wastewater infrastructure schemes and wind farm projects. He is experienced in the pre and post consent design of wind farm development projects including the review and design of haulage routes for both construction traffic and turbine deliveries.
The key highlight of his career has been working as the project manager’s representative for Northern Ireland Water’s public realm water and sewerage rehabilitation scheme for the city of Lisburn, which was nominated for the Utilities Infrastructure Award in the Construction Excellence Awards 2014.
Gareth was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome in 2014 which left him paralysed and hospitalised for 6 months. Through hard work and determination Gareth learnt to walk again and returned to work in 2015.
Gareth is committed to encouraging engineering and construction at all levels; whether it is to his peers through his involvement in the ICE G&S Committee, or as a STEM Ambassador encouraging and inspiring interest in engineering in schools from a young age.
Graduate Sustainability Consultant
Lucy is a Graduate Sustainability Consultant at AECOM, St. Albans. She first started as a student engineer with AECOM during her university holidays, and returned for three summers before becoming a graduate sustainability consultant. Lucy entered engineering from a background of Fine Art and uses her different perspective to enhance sustainability projects. She is passionate about helping young people, and currently serves as a dedicated STEMNET ambassador, an assistant explorer scout leader and runs work experience for pupils in year 10 and 12, at AECOM.
Senior Materials Technician
Elizabeth is a Senior Materials Technician at AECOM, based in Nottingham; working on UK and International pavement and material projects
Her career path has be unconventional but she has recently gained EngTech MICE status and is due to successfully complete a BSc in Civil Engineering, which has been undertaken part time and at weekends.
She has been involved in a number of high profile, technically challenging projects; including High Temperature Resistant Concrete pavements, resurfacing car tracks, building a runway and reconstruction works at Felixstowe Port.
Kristina is a Structural Engineer at AECOM in London. Since joining the team in 2012, Kristina has worked on many diverse projects from a Funicular Railway in Wales to a Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5 development in Cambridge.
Kristina's most inspiring project is 1 Palace Street, London, a residential development next to Buckingham Palace. In order to retain the character of the buildings, the original façades are being protected and will remain in the new construction, as well as the listed building which was constructed in 1860. Additional basement levels beneath the site offer efficient use of space and demonstrate the opportunities available from complex engineering.
In her spare time, Kristina volunteers as a STEM ambassador, through which she has run an Engineering club in a local school to promote maths and science at GCSE and A-level. She has further encouraged the students by offering and coordinating varied work experience across several departments to further inform their career choices. In particular, Kristina is involved with promoting engineering to young females and took part in a Women's Day event last year, presenting her career to promote engineering to secondary school girls.
Electrical Building Services Engineer
Ove Arup & Partners
Paul is an Electrical Engineer of Building Services at Arup in Manchester. He has quickly progressed in his early career achieving engineer status shortly after his first year in 2013. Since then he has had involvement in several prestigious projects including a new £100m university project for Liverpool John Moores.
Paul began his career in 2005 training as an electrician in his local area of North Wales. He has now received an MEng in Electronics Engineering & is working towards a CEng. Determined to achieve a widespread knowledge Paul pursued academic placements in South America researching organic electronics, and also in developing electrical safety at local industrial sites in North Wales.
Since beginning work in building services Paul has participated at universities and high schools promoting construction, science and engineering. Including a project at a local school in Salford to design a ‘green classroom’.
Apprentice Technician Civil Engineer
Bethany is only 18 years old. She has been working for Balfour Beatty since September 2014 as an Apprentice technician civil engineer. Bethany is a second year student at Inverness UHI which she attends on block release throughout the year. She decided to apply for an apprenticeship as she didn't feel university was the correct path for her and she now wants to show young people that there is always another way to achieve your goals.
In her first year as an apprentice, Bethany was awarded The Institute of Civil Engineers QUEST scholarship which she was very proud to receive. She is also heavily involved in promoting women, young people and apprenticeships within the construction industry and has spoken on behalf of Balfour Beatty to a seminar of young women interesting in becoming involved in a mainly male dominated environment once they leave school.
Last year Bethany was fortunate to be asked to appear in a promotional video for the CITB for Scottish Apprenticeship week. Bethany intends to work hard and make a name for herself in this industry. She is also involved in scouting which she has done since the age of 7 and has been a scout leader since she turned 18.
Assistant Fire Engineer
Roshni is a Fire Engineer for AECOM and is based in London. Highlights in her career include the work she is currently doing for the former Waterloo International Terminal (as part of work done for the Wessex Capacity Improvement Programme) and her contribution to work on the fire safety of 3 road tunnels on the A55, which has resulted in significant cost savings to the client by helping to select appropriate safety measures and prevent over prescription. Together with 2 other colleagues, she won Enginuity 2015, a global management training competition, by beating an international field of 150 teams.
She is a STEM ambassador and a dedicated volunteer in promoting engineering careers to students. She has been elected onto the IMechE’s Greater London Region Young Members’ Panel (YMP), through which she has organised a technical lecture and is involved in organising a number of STEM events. She is also involved in mentoring work experience students at AECOM.