Reaching out to future engineers

Rebecca Alexandre, Flood Modeller at JBA Risk Management Ltd, talks about her experience at Skipton Girls High School for Women in Engineering Day 2017

In recognition of International Women in Engineering week, I joined Alex Scott at Skipton Girls’ High School to talk about our experience in the water and environment sector.

This event provided a fantastic opportunity for Alex and I to shine a light on the variety of academic and professional experiences available in engineering, and specifically share examples from the wide variety of water, environmental, engineering and technology work we undertake at across JBA.

Rebecca sets up hydrology monitoring equipment out on site

Rebecca sets up hydrology monitoring equipment out on site

Coming from a background in environmental engineering and hydrology and currently working in flood modelling and mapping at JBA Risk Management Ltd, I can attest to the benefits of exploring and nurturing interests in STEM subjects at school.

As a teenager, my parents encouraged me to apply and attend engineering summer camps and the experiences I gained propelled me to study engineering at university which became an excellent springboard into specialising in other science, technology and community outreach work.

We are living in times of increased awareness and collaboration and it was a fulfilling experience to play an active part in this global initiative.   As the students left our presentation to continue their studies, I hope it was with an increased understanding of the possibilities available to them in the engineering field as they embark on their own personal and professional development.


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