MY ENGINEERING STORY

 

 

SCIENCEGRRL

I love the energy the ladies behind Science Grrl bring to our world! - providing a voice for women in science nationally & elevating the profile of women scientists in mainstream culture.

TOMORROW'S

ENGINEERS
is a great hub for information and resources on diverse engineering careers. I really like the site's videos and interviews of Engineers.

WES
One thing I know for sure is we need more women in Engineering. There is a beautiful creative addition women bring to the Industry.

You have to check out the Role Models page here!

QEPRIZE

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering celebrates the engineers responsible for ground-breaking innovation that has been of global benefit to humanity.

Somewhere in our World, a continent's largest wind farm is being constructed.  It will provide clean energy from a site covering 40,000 acres and is expected to provide 300MW of power which would be of immense benefit to developing and sustaining a thriving economy. Somewhere in our World, a super-scale development comprising a shopping mall and eight towers for residential, office, serviced residence and hotel use is being constructed. It has been inspired by historical images of sailing vessels. Two of its towers will stand at 350m tall. These websites are a selection of the many that keep me.. and hopefully you now, up to date with of some of the exciting and inspirational engineering happening all around us. Enjoy!!

 

In 2015, there is a profound interconnectedness in our world. We are all looking for the same solutions- peace, security, well-being and lives improved by good infrastructure. Engineering continues to seat right at the heart of our world's solutions and there is a recognised role it has alongside sociology and economics that will help bring the progress and change our world needs to see- Yewande

I kind of always had huge interests in Engineering. I was

very impressed by the built environment (buildings, bridges)

and realized from an early age the implications of a lack of

good infrastructure in developing countries. I felt it was

something I wanted to be part off! I admit though, I went

through a number of phases. Architecture was my longest

running. There were also times when I felt I’d rather spend

my time learning languages, loose myself completely to

Shakespeare’s finest works or sketch out my dream clothes.

Just before I started to make decisions about university,

my mum shared the thought that as an engineer I’d have

more opportunity to express my ambition to create inspiring

spaces for people to live and work and also be able contribute

towards water, energy and transport design.

I gave it some thought.  

 Nearly ten years now, since I made that decision to study engineering at the University of Warwick, it has been an absolutely fantastic journey on the whole. With great times and also challenging times, I have come to really appreciate the beauty of engineering. The creativity, the daring to dream, the art of story –telling’ of conceptual ideas;  achieving an exact expression of sequence, relation and  logic is what creates the built environment and technologies that shape and influence our daily experiences. They range from our homes, the exceptional buildings around us, to trains, planes……. our mobile phones and even the clothes that we wear. This amazing variety has helped me stay super interested in Engineering. The beauty of engineering is that its basic principles span across many different areas and aspects: communications, structures and so the prospect of learning something new every day keeps a momentum going. Two years into my career as an engineer, I felt I really needed to merge my personal interests with my engineering career…in a way, ‘make it my own’. I had worked on a project that started off as building services design projects which then expanded to include product design and development, so I applied to do a Masters in innovation and design for sustainability at Cranfield University and loved it.

Over the years, my interests in development and developing countries has inspired and encouraged some truly fulfilling experiences. A recent one was in Mozambique with some good friends, working with WaterAid, to find solutions to sanitation issues in poor areas.  The thrills from the last couple of years have also been from including TV work in my engineering career, presenting TV programmes for Channel 4, Discovery Channel and National Geographic….. and once, did an TV campaign advert for clothes shopping, it had a brilliant engineering theme. At talks that I give in schools, I almost always get the question on what it is like to work in a predominantly male environment. It has its fun and not so fun days. …. Just because there is still tons and tons of need/opportunity for the type of creativity women have. Things are changing but we really could do with a bit of an accelerated process. I have recently been designing high rise buildings in China, and it has been great to also see the amazing capabilities of my female colleagues- designing the skyline of China’s growing cities. In the U.K., I am constantly blown away by the work of some of my friends…female aircraft engineers, chemical engineers. They are all so modest about their achievements.

The last couple of years have been very humbling. Winning the IET’s Young Woman Engineer of the year, AFBE’s Exceptional Acheiver Award and Management Today’s 35 under 35 award has inspired me to continue to ‘raise the game’. Daring to dream, having tons of fun and challenging myself would help keep my engineering interests alive so whether it is a primary school in the country side or a 300m tower in East Asia or water supply scheme for a remote village, it would be a project I’d be proud of. I have been blessed with great opportunities/experiences, great sources of inspiration and the one thing that has helped me over comes fears of a lack of capability and gender imbalance is ‘making engineering my own’.

 

ENGINEERING- Our world of engineered creativity

 

INHABITAT
This webiste is dedicated to green design, innovation anc the future of clean and emerging technologies; cataloging many great great ideas! 

GIZMAG

Gizmag keeps me up to 

date on the latest super

cool Engineering and Tech innovation- from cars to solar energy solutions.

Engineering- Creative Design- Inspiration

 

 

 yewandeakinola.co.uk

SCIENCE MUSEUM

The Science Museum is my engineering equivalent of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory- a  world of pure imagination! Their blog has very interesting insight;  science, history and art.

GATES FOUNDATION

I am a HUGE fan of the Bill and Melinda Gates initiative. Their website captures the amazing opportunities for some great work in the development and progress of our world.

ARUP
I work for a super cool company #fact. From Sydney Opera house to the Bird's nest in Beijing we enjoy pushing the boundaries in creativity.

Institute of  Engineering & Technology.

The IET is my professional Engineering home and offers so much in terms of Engineering knowledge resources!