This week we are celebrating our female engineers for International Women In Engineering Day on the 23rd June, by shining a spotlight on some of the wonderful women that make up Patrick Parsons.
Meet Aisha, one of our Graduate Engineers, she joined Patrick Parsons in 2018 and is currently studying for her MSc in Hydrology and Water Management at Newcastle University. We asked her a few questions about her career in engineering so far.
How were you encouraged to get into engineering?
I liked physics and geography at school and I knew I wanted to do something with those subjects.
Can you give an overview of your role?
My role as a Graduate Engineer involves residential drainage and external works design.
Do you feel you have equal opportunities to men?
Yes I do, my university course was basically 50-50 men-women, so I definitely think that things are changing.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your career so far?
Studying for my masters!
What are your career goals?
I’d like to get more involved in flood risk estimation and management on a larger scale and maybe in developing countries. Flooding is only set to get worse under climate change and I think that we need to get ahead of it!
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by people that are passionate about what they do.
What would you say to girls in school/college who may be considering Engineering as a career option?
Just go for it!
Do you have any advice to share with your fellow female engineers?
Not really, I think women already have all the answers and are doing a great job!
What is a common misconception that people have about careers in engineering?
That it’s all site based, muddy and dirty!
What is your greatest career achievement to date?
I’m still pretty fresh out of university, so that’s still to come.
What kind of impact would you like your work to make?
I’d like to bring good engineering judgement to everything I do and just complete every job to a great standard.
What are your hopes for the future of engineering?
I think that advances in BIM are really exciting and I’d like to see level 4 and 5 being implemented beyond research projects. The idea that we could build digital infrastructure to have an IFC twin of the real building is fab and I can’t wait to see how it pans out. I’d also like to see more dynamic responses to climate change within the construction industry.