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 024 - Simran Dhadda
Engineering Success interviews Simran Dhadda a Content Developer and Presenter.
Simran has a unique hybrid skillset in marketing engineering. Graduating from Imperial College London with a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering she then worked at Airbus, the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer.
Starting her career as a Structural Engineer she then moved into marketing. Simran has had an international career, seconded to New York, Beijing and lived in France experiencing first-hand how engineering is a truly global business.
Simran managed corporate events at Airbus where she travelled to over 35 different countries, working with world class airlines conducting business with different cultures.
She is extremely passionate about promoting engineering, showing what an exciting profession it can be and is now working full time on developing a TV series to do just that!
Episode 023 - Ellie Carter
Engineering Success interviews Ellie Carter a Pilot and STEM Ambassador.
Ellie has always wanted to be a pilot from a very young age. The physics and mathematics of flying always fascinated Ellie. When Ellie was eight she became fascinated with high altitude flight and an aircraft called the U-2. The science of flying at such altitudes was intriguing and she was fortunate enough to meet the aircraft and her crews which propelled her towards her dream.
Ellie became the youngest female solo pilot when she took a day off school to solo gliders on her 14th birthday. She followed this up by soloing powered aircraft three days after her 16th birthday, due to storm Diana preventing her from flying on her birthday. Ellie collected her PPL on her 17th birthday.
Since then Ellie has added various ratings including her tail wheel rating which allows her to fly a 1943 Piper L4 Grasshopper which served in D-Day!
Ellie most memorable aviation moments to date include flying to Belgium, which won her an international aviatrix award, and having an engine failure after take-off resulting in a Mayday and a forced landing into some long grass.
Ellie is currently studying her A levels along with an EMC in carbon neutral propulsion. Her ambition is a career in aviation and is hoping to study Aeronautics and Astronautics, which have been her ambition since she was 10 years old.
Ellie is a speaker for many organisations such as Farnborough Airshow and Youth Education and Support as well as doing regular interviews and podcasts along with going into schools to encourage more girls to consider careers in STEM and aviation.
Episode 022 - Alexandra Kinight
Engineering Success interviews Alexandra Knight the Founder and Director of STEMAZING Ltd and STEMAZINGKids CIC.
Alex is a Fellow of The Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Member of the Institute of Asset Management with over 15 years experience in Systems Engineering, Asset Management and Project Management.
She is also a Trustee on the Board of the Women's Engineering Society (WES) and a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at Brunel University London.
Alex is passionate about developing others and promoting the engineering profession. She is an active STEM Ambassador and a mentor for the Women in Brunel Engineering and Computing Scheme. She was announced one of the Top 100 WeAreTheCity Women for championing gender diversity in engineering 2020.
Alex Strongly believes that through STEMAZING she will be able to extend her impact for inspiring people to go into STEM careers and supporting women to remain and progress in their STEM journeys.
STEMAZING aims to inspire and increase diversity and inclusion in STEM.
Episode 021 - Georgia Thompson
Engineering Success interviews Georgia Thompson a Civil Engineer at BAM Nuttall and the Co-Founder of D-VERS-TY
Georgia is passionate about personal leadership and an advocate for changing cultures in diversity, inclusion and innovation.
Currently a Design Delivery Coordinator at BAM Nuttall, Georgia is responsible for the pre-construction delivery of railway bridge renewals and refurbishments in the South East on behalf of Network Rail as well as innovation lead for the Rail South team in Sevenoaks.
Georgia is the Co-Founder of D-VERS-TY a social enterprise dedicated to challenging the habit of identifying differences before recognising attributes and talents in Engineering and Technology fields.
D-VERS-TY are currently running their mentorship scheme between students at the University of West England and graduates at Rolls Royce, aimed to develop inclusive leaders.
Georgia is the communications officer for the Railway Civil Engineering Association, promoting the benefits of railway civil engineering and an advisory board member for I Dare 2 inspire, a social enterprise designed to empower and raise the aspirations of under-represented young people.
Episode 020 - Sophie Harker
Engineering Success interviews Sophie Harker a Senior Aerodynamicist for BAE Systems.
Sophie is one of the youngest engineers to have achieved Chartered Engineer status at just 25 years old.
She works at the forefront of aerospace technology, developing advanced designs and concepts for new generation fast jets and aircraft that operate in space as well as inside the atmosphere.
Sophie has contributed directly to BAE Systems hypersonic capabilities including applying technologies from first hybrid air-breathing rocket engine system (SABRE) being developed by Reaction Ltd, which could revolutionise travel from the atmosphere into space. One day she hopes to go into space herself as an Astronaut.
Sophie is an exceptionally talented engineer with her creative and innovative approach. Her work on hypersonic air vehicles includes building the necessary business cases and defining the product philosophy at each stage of development. She has also led a process transformation programme within the avionics department at BAE Systems, which involved engaging with 400 other engineers to streamline the avionics design process.
In 2018 Sophie was awarded the Bee Beamont award which recognises newly qualified engineers who have made an outstanding contribution to the business in the early stages of their career. She also won the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award and again in 2018 Sophie was awarded the Sir Henry Royce Medal which recognised her research in developing future technologies for the aviation industry.
In 2019 Sophie won the RAEng Young Engineer of the Year and the RAES Young Person's Achievement award.
Sophie is an active STEM Ambassador and features in the Royal Academy of Engineers flagship 'This Is Engineering' campaign promoting careers in engineering.
Episode 019 - Michelle Richardson
Engineering Success interviews Michelle Richardson a Senior Project Manager at Property Alliance Group.
Having always known that she wanted to work in construction Michelle started out life wanting to be an Architect. Whilst studying for her BA(Hons) in Architecture she soon realised that she was much better placed for a career in Project Management having realised her organisational and communication skills were stronger than her creative design skills. Having completed her degree in Architecture she embarked on studying part-time for a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management after securing her first role as an Assistant Project Manager with a consultancy firm in Leeds.
Over the past 18 years Michelle has worked for a number of large international consultancies firms including Arcadis, Mace and Deloitte in the Project Management teams. In addition to this Michelle has worked as an Operations Director for a small construction company and is now a Senior Project Manager with a large property developer in Manchester and is responsible for over £150m of construction works in and around Manchester.
Having worked for client, contractor and consultancy, Michelle has an excellent understanding of the design and construction process throughout the lifecycle of a project and an acute understanding of how to interpret the client's needs. Michelle's leadership style is to work together in partnership, in open and honest relationships with a focus on developing the team. Her aim is to ensure that she delivers all projects on time, on or below budget with zero health and safety accidents or incidents in order to build successful trusted client relationships.
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As a leadership and career coach for engineers, I see this podcast doing great things to promote the value of leadership, engineering, STEM, and more. Keep it up!