What do you do?
I work to design tunnels for station upgrades and new stations. Most of my work focuses on the use of sprayed concrete in tunnels and how we can design more innovative solutions to engineering challenges. For some projects I am on site overseeing the implementation of our tunnel designs, that’s my favourite part of the job.
Why did you choose this field?
Like many tunnellers I found the field by accident. I have a civil engineering background and wanted to build bridges. My first tunnelling job sparked in my a love of creating new spaces where there was previously ground and working alongside the loveliest people in the industry.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
Presenting one of my projects at the British Tunnelling Society Conference in 2018. I used to hate public speaking but a manager of mine encouraged me to do more and more of it. It felt like a pretty great achievement.
Why do you love working in STEM?
I love working in STEM because the people are wonderful. I love being surrounded by people who ask why and how in the way that I do. Everyday I look forward to finding a solution to a problem, even if it’s small, and for coffee with my team who are wonderful.
Best advice for next generation?
Never let anyone make you feel like you don’t belong. I’ve seen women who not only belong but also excel and achieve incredible things in this industry. If you want to work in STEM there are so many people who will help, guide and support you all the way.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
“The best is yet to come.”