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Explore conversations with inspiring people from across the Engineering industries with a focus on Diversity and Inclusivity in Engineering.

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Explore conversations with inspiring people from across the Engineering industries with a focus on Diversity and Inclusivity in Engineering.

    Ep. 11 - We're Now a Registered Charity! Being a Part of This Energy

    Ep. 11 - We're Now a Registered Charity! Being a Part of This Energy

    The first half of 2024 has been a little manic! Not least because SheCanEngineer formally became registered as a charity! Following our Charity launch event in January 2024, we have busy doing exciting things, and planning the future of SheCanEngineer!

    Two of our two newest committee members join us to tell us why they decided to join SheCanEngineer, and what they have been up to, as well as what SheCanEngineer has been up to, and have planned!



    Guests:

    Natalia Adamson is a Project Engineer; she leads project delivery in the Vehicle Emissions Research Centre, overseeing whole vehicle emissions and electric consumption testing. Her expertise in certification testing ensures that test procedures meet stringent regulatory requirements, guaranteeing the accuracy and reliability of results. In addition to her technical role, Natalia actively engages in commercial work, managing projects from inception to completion, and being the dedicated Single Point of Contact for several major projects. 

    Natalia is deeply involved in the engineering community. As a Co-opted member of the IMechE's Young Members Board, she plays a key role in shaping the future of her Institution, focusing on governance strategies and initiatives to empower emerging engineers. Through her involvement, Natalia aims to foster an environment that encourages innovation, collaboration, and inclusivity within the engineering field.

    As a STEM ambassador, Natalia shares her passion for engineering by inspiring the next generation of professionals.



    Natalie Collcutt is a Senior Building Services Engineer at Watkins Payne. She is a mechanically biased engineer with over a decade of experience in the construction industry. With an interesting background completing her degree as part of an apprenticeship, Natalie has  a diverse range of experiences in both residential and commercial projects, spanning from feasibility studies to project completion.

    Passionate about promoting engineering and construction careers by being a STEM Ambassador, Natalie actively collaborates with CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) and STEM Learning to inspire the next generation of engineers.

    • 24 min
    Ep. 10 - Parental Leave: It's Not a 'Day Off' in Any Way, Shape or Form

    Ep. 10 - Parental Leave: It's Not a 'Day Off' in Any Way, Shape or Form

    In this episode, we discuss parental (maternity) leave, and our guests Emma and Diana share their experiences and insights into how organisations can better support expectant parents and when they return to work. Through our discussion, it is clear that it is different for everyone, so flexibility in support is essential.

    Emma has worked at Thames Water for almost 8 years, predominantly within Talent Management, HR. Emma is also a lead for one of the work streams within the Women’s Network - leading on the most recent campaign which will focus on supporting women returning back to the work place after maternity leave. This is looking at ways to improve processes through a variety of different initiatives, ensuring that mothers are supported as much as possible and that managers feel they too have support in place/understand the complexities. Outside of work she enjoys time with her sweet 3 year old boy, good coffee, and long, sunny walks (preferably with coffee in hand).

    Diana is a mechanical engineer from a manufacturing background. She designed and manufactured consumer and domestic products for UK based companies, before making the move into construction and building services consultancy. With two young children and a Labrador puppy, she is an expert in high stakes negotiation and defusing potentially volatile situations.



    We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did! We would love to hear from you and anything you would like to share on this topic!

    SheCanEngineer team

    • 37 min
    Ep. 9 - Process Safety, Resilience & Integrity: Always Take the High Road (The View is Better)

    Ep. 9 - Process Safety, Resilience & Integrity: Always Take the High Road (The View is Better)

    In this episode, our guest Trish Kerin - Director of the Institution Chemical Engineers Safety Centre introduces the topic of process safety, its impact, and sharing insights on her own podcast (Process Safety from Trish and Traci). We also discuss good leadership qualities - and how empowering others to speak up, as well as feeling empowered to challenge increases safety in every aspect.

    We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did! We would love to hear from you and anything you would like to share on this topic!

    SheCanEngineer team

    • 27 min
    Ep.8 - Apprenticeships: A 'Try Before You Buy' Career Path

    Ep.8 - Apprenticeships: A 'Try Before You Buy' Career Path

    We are back with another episode! Join us as we discuss apprenticeships with Sarah-Jane (SJ) and Lequesha, two fabulous Engineers who both started their careers with an apprenticeship.

    Lequesha was born in Goa, India and moved to the UK at a young age. She recently secured a degree apprenticeships with Rolls Royce where she is currently working on drones and 3D printing.

    SJ started her career over 20 years ago as an apprentice and completed an engineering technician apprenticeships with BAE Systems. She has worked on numerous aspects of the engineering lifecycle and is currently seconded to the MoD as a Programme Director.

    In this episode we discuss the perception of apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships and its changing narrative. SJ and Lequesha also highlight the wide variety of apprenticeships in every industry as well as the disparity in apprenticeships in the North and South of England.

    I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did! We would love to hear from you and anything you would like to share on this topic!

    SheCanEngineer team

    • 32 min
    Ep. 7 - The Impact of STEM Clubs: Teamwork and Collaboration Make it Happen!

    Ep. 7 - The Impact of STEM Clubs: Teamwork and Collaboration Make it Happen!

    Season 2 of the SheCanEngineer kicks off with a wonderful guest, who the SheCanEngineer team had the pleasure of meeting at the 2022 SheCanEngineer INWED STEM Day! Rose Russell is an Art and D&T Technician at the Ursuline Academy IIford, and is also the STEM Co-ordinator. With a background in Fashion, she never really envisaged a career championing STEM, and in particular, Engineering! But when she founded the academy's STEM Club, she found that students really wanted to get involved - and now there is a waiting list for it! Rose has won multiple awards, and doesn't usually like the limelight, she believes the success of the STEM Club is down to teamwork and the students - which is all true but she doesn't give herself enough credit! Listen to how she made it all happen, the impact it has had on past and current students, and despite the challenges, why it is all worth it.

    • 27 min
    Ep. 6 - Entrepreneurship: The Generation of the Side Hustle

    Ep. 6 - Entrepreneurship: The Generation of the Side Hustle

    Welcome back to another episode of the SheCanEngineer Podcast. Following on from the INWED celebrations, we chat to Francesca O’Hanlon, an innovator and inventor who uses her Engineering expertise and entrepreneurship skills to solve a very real problem.

    Francesca is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge and Founder and CEO of Blue Tap, a social enterprise that has developed affordable household water treatment technology. Blue Tap has run water treatment projects in Uganda and Kenya and is beginning a new project in India in the summer of 2022. Francesca founded Blue Tap after working for the charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for two years in South Sudan and the Central African Republic, where she coordinated the water supply for emergency hospitals in conflict settings. Francesca has won a National Geographic Explorers Award for her work for Blue Tap and for her PhD research in climate resilience and water security.

    In this episode, we discuss how even though engineers are the ones with the good ideas, taking that risk to commericialise these ideas and products can seem such a big scary step, but there are ways to do this with relatively low risk. Francesca also highlights how even if your business fails, you are still a success in other ways, as well as key role models who inspired her in her career.

    I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did and. As ever, we would love to hear from you and anything you would like to share on this topic!

    SheCanEngineer team

    • 27 min

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