Neruja SrikantharajahLead Process Engineer, Sellafield Sites
“I joined the nuclear industry with Sellafield Sites on their graduate programme. Chemical engineering seemed a bit daunting but now I’m in industry I’m not expected to know everything. I’m learning lots on the job and applying and reinforcing everything I studied. I love being part of a big team and gaining experience across different parts of the business. Every piece of work I get involved in is different. This requires me to adapt and step outside my comfort zone. It’s not always easy but once the job is done you feel a real sense of achievement.”
Outside of work Neruja enters dance competitions and has participated in acts at the London Palladium and Hackney Empire Theatre.
Charlotte TingleyProduction Engineer, BAeSystems
“I started with BAE Systems in 2006 as an Advanced Technical Apprentice after finishing my GCSEs. I now work in Production Engineering helping to make the manufacturing of Eurofighter Typhoon helmets more straightforward, working with the operators in production.
I love that every day is different and watching the technology evolve is fascinating, I love engineering because it’s constantly changing and diverse.”
Outside of work qualified diver Charlotte volunteers and has helped with marine surveys around Fiji educating Fijians about their surroundings. She also sings in a rock band, Charlie and the Stone Age Heroes.
Yewande AkinolaEnvironmental Services Engineer, Arup
“The beauty of engineering is that its basic principles span across many different areas: communications, structures etc. That variety has helped me stay interested.
I’m proud of my contribution to the sustainable regeneration of Central Saint Giles, London, one of the first city centre projects with a site-wide biomass heating system, extensive green roofs, and recycling of rainwater and grey water.
I’m really interested in water and sanitation for underdeveloped and developing countries, have travelled to Ghana to look into developing mechanised systems, and recently went over to Mozambique to work with Water Aid.”
Yewande has a degree in engineering design and appropriate technology from the University of Warwick and a master’s in innovation and design for sustainability from Cranfield University
Gemma WhatlingResearch Engineer, Cardiff University
“I work in the Arthritis Research UK Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre at Cardiff University investigating how movement and forces in joints are affected by osteoarthritis.
I’ve always loved to find out how things work, even while at school I was designing and making things and thinking of ways to improve them. I love working with surgeons and physiotherapists in Wales to help understand more about the impact of surgery on a patient. Patients that I see are analysed using dynamic fluoroscopy, which is like video X-ray, and Image Registration that tracks movement from specific points on the body and helps to see how joints are performing.
In my spare time I volunteer with Discovery Clubs for Girls, sharing my passion for medical engineering. We set problems like creating a device for a person with no fingers to enable them to write and pick up a cup and crisps, all of which require very different movements. It’s lots of fun and gives great insights into what you can do with an engineering degree.”