Katerina Stavrianaki

Lecturer in Risk Analysis at University College London

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Don’t be discouraged by setbacks. Grit is key to success.

What do you do?

I have a joint appointment between the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR) and the Department of Statistical Science at UCL. My role is to teach and conduct research in the topic of natural hazards using a statistical, geophysical and experimental approach.

Why did you choose this field?

I grew up in Chania, a town in Crete, Greece. I was always fascinated with nature and geology, and a hobby I had as a kid was to collect rocks! Having felt many earthquakes growing up there, I was interested to find out more about the subject and so I decided to study Geology/Geophysics at university. Later, while I was studying for my PhD I discovered my love for statistics and now I can combine both.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I wish I knew that you are not confined to what you study. Find your passion and make it your career.
Saying yes to different opportunities presented at me and working with people from many different disciplines and fields have shaped my way so far.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love the problem solving aspects of STEM fields.
Through maths, science and technology we are pushing our understanding of the universe, finding solutions to problems and making an impact.

Best advice for next generation?

Don’t be discouraged by setbacks. Grit is key to success.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. ― Marie Curie

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