Dr Celine Garnier, Reader – School of Engineering and the Built Environment

Profile overview

Name Celine Garnier
Qualifications DUETI, BEng(Hons), PhD,
Role title Reader in Energy and
Organisation Edinburgh Napier University
Interview date 24 April 2014
Interviewed by Debbie Ratcliffe


What are Celine’s qualifications?

I first graduated in Thermodynamic and Energy, and then later in Energy and Environmental Engineering. I have numerous other professional qualifications now such as being a SAP and BREEAM trained

What has been Celine’s career path to date?

I graduated and worked in France in Thermodynamic and Energy, I then moved to the Scotland to broaden my horizons. I did a top-up year in Energy and Environmental Engineering to find myself then continuing into a PhD. This was definitely not planned… I never really thought I’d do a PhD, but here I am. I now work in research, consultancy and teaching which is rather varied and interesting.

What is Celine’s involvement with Connect?

I have attended many Connect events and have always been very supportive of the network and regularly publicise the network to my students.  I recently presented to the students at an Academic Career event.

What is Celine’s experience as a woman working in engineering?

It has been interesting. Ever since I started in this domain area we, women, were in minority. When I first started we were 5 women for 100 men… Although it has its challenges at times, they took generally very good care of us and I would also say that spending most of my time with them made me understand better how they thought and worked (although this is a big generality). I learned quickly that our differences made our strengths, both in the way we thoughts and approached problems etc… SEBE, I believe, is no different with a good working environment.


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