Mariana Trusson

Associate Director, Sustainability, HDR, Hurley Palmer Flatt


Your perspective is unique and important in so many ways.

What do you do?

I help design and build sustainable, energy efficient and environmentally effective buildings

Why did you choose this field?

I always knew I wanted to be in STEM and that I wanted to solve problems in the buildings field. I found Environmental Engineering in 1995 and pursued a course that I liked the sound of. My mother and my grandfather were my role models; my mother was a theoretical physicist struggling to be recognised for her contributions and my grandfather was a ships engineer ho taught me all about the effective operation of engines.

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

I wrote a book on a subject within my field that no one else had written, all whilst being a single mother working full time.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love the opportunity to solve problems, I wake up knowing that I will hep alleviate the damage caused by humans on the planet every single day, I go to bed every night in the certain knowledge that I have helped create a world and a future for the next generation.

Best advice for next generation?

There are enough unsolved problems to go around, and we have a clear need for more minds to solve them. Your perspective is unique and important in so many ways.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

"I must create a system or be enslaved by another man's. I will not reason and compare; my business is to create" William Blake.

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