Engineering Success is a podcast dedicated to help promote the engineering industry and careers in STEM related fields.
Creating greater awareness about the amazing opportunities engineering can offer, we interview influential leaders, inspiring engineers, and engineering professionals who are changing the perception of engineering.
Discussing their routes into engineering and their engineering journey to date, we talk about the challenges we face as engineers, how engineering needs to embrace change, and how engineering shapes the future of all our lives.
Episode 034 - Caitlin McCall
Engineering Success interview Caitlin McCall a Senior Research Engineer at Manufacturing Technology Centre in the field of Automation and Electronics.
She is a Chartered Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Previously, she was a Materials and Manufacturing Engineer at Swansea University where she worked towards her ESPRC funded Engineering Doctorate in printed electronics for flexible packaging. She has published a paper in biosensors for glucose detection and is writing several more from her doctoral research.
In 2021, Caitlin was awarded a place in the prestigious WES Top 50 Female Engineers list and a We Are The City Rising Star Award in 2022 for her contributions to the engineering industry.
Caitlin is passionate about developing peoples' skill sets and supporting her community. She enjoys promoting engineering as Chair for the Women's Engineering Society's (WES) Early Careers Board and member of the WES Event Directors Committee.
Episode 033 - Dr Roy Bitrus
Engineering Success interviews Dr Roy Bitrus PhD a Geologist and a Business Development Consultant with a first degree in Geology and Mining.
Roy is a Royal Society of Edinburgh RSE – Unlocking Ambition Enterprise Fellow with technical, entrepreneur and intrapreneur skills working as a director of sales at TenzorGEO Ltd to provide micro seismic data acquisition and interpretation services to the oil and gas companies in the North Sea and internationally aimed at maximising economic recovery and monitoring reservoirs.
Roy has over 10 years of experience in business, sales and entrepreneurship having started his own company in Nigeria and has co-founded 2 start-up companies in the UK. He has participated in various entrepreneurial workshops and accelerator programs across the UK where he won pitching competitions and grants for his business.
He is a Geologist with degrees in geology and mining, a master’s in environmental management and a doctorate in geology focused on reservoir characterisation for CO2 storage.
Roy has a passion for giving to others and is a committed member of the AFBE Scotland UK, where he volunteers his time and energy to help develop others contributing to leadership and STEM activities in Aberdeen.
Episode 032 - Jessica Clark
Engineering Success interviews Jess Clark a Highways Engineer working for AECOM
Jess has 5 years’ experience as a Civil Engineer and also volunteers as a STEM Ambassador.
Jess was the winner of the ICE NE STEM Ambassador of the Year Award 2022, being recognised for her work supporting her local community through lockdown and driving STEM throughout the workforce.
Jess is passionate about promoting diversity, equality and sustainability through engineering and is an advocate for apprenticeships, recently completing her degree apprenticeship in civil engineering.
Episode 031 - Zainab Adigun
Engineering Success interview Zainab Adigun a Senior Structural Engineer and AFBE-UK School Team Lead.
Zainab Adigun studied BEng in Civil Engineering at Brunel University then a MSc Structural Engineering on a Women in Engineering full scholarship. Zainab designs new buildings and small refurbishments projects across all sectors.
As social value champion and EDI team member for her organisation, she helps to define strategy and deliver on social value commitments. Zainab volunteers as a board member for the Association for Black and Ethnic Minority Engineers (AFBE) where she is the team leader for the Making Engineering Hot which works with young people from black and other ethnic minority groups to expose them to careers in engineering.
Recently, Zainab was listed as one of 100 Finalists for the Top Women in Engineering 2022 Awards as recognition of her contribution in encouraging females to consider a career in engineering. She has also been shortlisted for the CN & NCE Inspiring Women in Construction and Engineering awards.
Episode 030 - Amber Oliphant
Engineering Success interviews Amber Oliphant a Systems Project Engineer at High Speed Rail Solutions.
Amber chose technical subjects at school and studied general engineering at college. Amber gained an apprenticeship as a Toolmaker which took her through various departments within the company she was working for, being Machining, Die Maintenance and Ancillaries.
Amber then moved into new product introduction within the injection moulding industry where she gained valuable experience in Project Management.
Always challenging herself Amber now enjoys her role at High Speed Rail Solutions.
Passionate about raising issues for Women in Engineering Amber is an advocate for adjustments to Maternity packages and flexible return to work support currently provided, and works hard to highlight and influence that change.
Episode 029 - Dr Margi Vilnay
Engineering Success interviews Dr Margi Vilnay a Lecturer in Structural Engineering at the University of Dundee.
Dr Margi Vilnay is a Lecturer in Structural Engineering and the Director of Public Engagement and Outreach for the School of Science and Engineering at the University of Dundee.
Margi completed her BSc (Hons) followed by a Research MSc (Cum Laude) in Structural Engineering, investigating the protection of historic structures as part of an EU funded project. Subsequently, Margi obtained her PhD from Heriot Watt University looking at assessing the behaviour of reinforced concrete columns under blast loads. Margi then went on to work as a structural engineer in the oil and gas industry before returning to academia. Margi joined the University of Dundee in her current roles in 2020.
Margi holds a postgraduate certificate in higher education and is a senior fellow of the higher education academy. She is a chartered member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and is the Education and Inspiration lead for the local branch. She is also the first woman to be elected Vice-Chair of COMEC (Council of Military Education Committees).
Margi is committed to increasing the number of young people engaging in STEM through public engagement and outreach activities, and in particular, the number of women entering the engineering profession. She has led several initiatives in those areas, including the first International Women in Engineering Day events in Dundee, Mentoring and outreach schemes.
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