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Women in Engineering

Vanessa Tan - BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering

Vanessa will graduate from Abertay in July 2016 with a BSc in Civil Engineering.  In 2015, she was a finalist in the prestigious Association of Women in Property (WiP) National Student Awards.  Vanessa is set to continue her studies with a PhD in bio-engineering.  

Why engineering?

I have always been fascinated by how things works. I'm also good at mathematics and so a career in engineering appealed to me. I'm discovering how things work and I get to use my mathematical ability too.


Where do you see yourself in the future?

Provided I graduate with a 2:1 or above, I will be doing a PhD related to the effectiveness of plant roots on sloping grounds, an area closely related to soil bio-engineering.  In ten years time, I hope to still be working in the industry as a Chartered engineer.


Favourite feat of engineering?

I think it has to be solar tiles.  It is remarkable how technology and engineering skills have progressed so much that we can have technology which can help to make our buildings more sustainable and eco-friendly, without compromising the look of them.

Inspirational women in engineering?

I don't know many women in engineering but I would say the female lecturers at Abertay University, Dr Rebecca Wade and Dr Cornelia Doerich-Staviridis are my inspiration. They have showed me that whatever your gender is, you can succeed as long as you work hard.