Meet Dr Ozak Esu, an electrical engineer for BRE and winner of the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2017.

Dr Esu used to work for Cundall, a multidisciplinary engineering consultancy in Birmingham. She worked within the Building Services to undertake surveys of existing buildings and engineered electrical services for new builds, refurbishment and fit-out projects. This role involved designing the electrical services for buildings.

Currently, she works at the Building Research Establishment. In this role, she researches topics around smart buildings, whilst writing proposals for new projects. This role allows her to use her PhD to build smart cities.

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Dr Esu grew up in Nigeria, where she often didn’t have electricity but moved to the UK in 2008 when she was 17. Dr Esu graduated with a first from Loughborough University with a BEng and then started work as a graduate engineer for Cundall whilst finishing her PhD, also at Loughborough, in electronic and electrical engineering.

In an interview with IET, Dr Esu commented on what it’s like to be an electrical engineer for Cundall:

“The day-to-day experience is varied. Depending on the design stage of the project I am involved in, I could be designing electrical services or performing calculations to improve an existing design using different discipline specific software. I could be on site undertaking inspections of ‘as-built’ projects, conducting site surveys or attending design team workshops with third parties.”

“Life as a working engineer is practical, dynamic but also with challenges. I initially dread the challenges, but the moment I scale them, I love the feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction I get until my next challenge.”

Her advice for any women from a BAME background is simple:

“Go for it! Stem subjects provide so many career disciplines to choose from, so I recommend attending careers fairs, seeking work experience opportunities and engaging with people within the industry to get a feel for what’s involved.”

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Ozak is passionate about sustainable design, agriculture, renewable energy, and international development. She works with schools and organisations in Nigeria to prove that poverty can be eradicated through engineering, knowledge-sharing, and empowerment of women.

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In 2017, she won the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year. The IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards celebrate women working in modern engineering – and aim to help change the perception that engineering is predominantly a career for men by banishing outdated engineering stereotypes of hard hats and greasy pipes.

She was also one of the Top 50 women in Engineering Under 35 in 2017.

Congratulations Dr Ozak Esu, you really are a role model.

Read this interview with Dr Esu and The Guardian.
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