We were delighted to welcome Hazel Selby, Senior Engineer at Max Fordham, to the school to talk to over 100 Year 9 students about her career in engineering and the opportunities available to women in the industry ahead of International Women in Engineering Day on 23 June.
It was a return to the school for Ms Selby who had previously worked on our state-of-the-art sports centre with architects Walters and Cohen. She explained the level of complexity and the challenges involved in creating a building that battles with the changes in temperature, the environment, light levels, acoustics and air quality.
She told girls how they aimed to reduce energy by using high levels of insulation, utilising the natural light over using artificial light and low energy lighting for when it’s needed, and how 33 percent of all energy in the sports centre is provided by photovoltaic panels.
She spoke at length about the routes students can take to become a building services engineer, and spoke about her journey from studying Maths, Physics and Chemistry at A Level, to being offered a position at Max Fordham as a graduate engineer before being made a partner.
The girls asked plenty of thoughtful questions which left Hazel to comment on how the culture is changing in the engineering world with more young women coming through and how she hoped that her story would have inspired students to pursue a career in a challenging and rewarding field.