|Qualifications||BEng (Hons) MSc PgC FHEA|
|Organisation||Edinburgh Napier University|
|Interview date||August 2016|
|Interviewed by||Debbie Ratcliffe|
What are your qualifications?
Ι possess a PgC in Higher Education, a Masters in Hydraulic Engineering, a Masters in Advanced Structural Engineering and a BEng(Hons) in Civil Engineering. Also, I am a PhD candidate in Civil Engineering. Apart from that, I am a Fellow of Higher Education Academy, a Teaching Fellow at Edinburgh Napier University, a member of Technical Chamber of Greece and member of the Hydro Nation Forum in Scotland.
What has been your career path to date?
During my studies I spent several summers working as a graduate civil engineer and as soon as I completed my studies I started working as a civil engineer and managed to build my own portfolio of clients. I completed my Masters in Hydraulic Engineering while concurrently working. I have been working at Edinburgh Napier University as a lecturer in Civil Engineering for more than three years and I am the module leader for several undergraduate and postgraduate modules. My duties also include teaching every year for two weeks in Shanghai Normal University, China, and have contributed to the public engagement of ENU by organising activities on behalf of the University for the CABEC competition for school children.
What is your involvement with Connect, if any?
I try to attend as many meetings as possible and encourage students with their studies as well as to get involved with Connect.
What is your experience as a woman working in engineering or the built environment?
There are many colleagues in SEBE who are very experienced and can provide you with support and valuable guidance when needed.
The lack of women in the UK studying engineering subjects and hence, working in engineering has always surprised me. This is in contrast to other European countries where the percentage is almost 50-50 and nobody makes an issue of the gender balance. I believe we should make an effort to inform and educate youngsters, particularly young females, about engineering as well as encourage them to study engineering subjects.