Loughborough Alumni



21 Jun 2019

Alumnae share their stories for Women in Engineering Day

Three alumnae have contributed stories of their career, their inspirations and shared what engineering means to them for this years’ Women in Engineering Day.

Dr Ozak Esu, Eur Ing Dr Phebe Mann and Margaret Simpson all studied engineering related subjects at Loughborough.

Margaret, who graduated in 1992 with a degree in Mathematical Engineering, is the Director General of the Rail Freight Group. Speaking of what Women in Engineering Day means to her, she said:

“Engineers achieve amazing things, from physical structures to technology and automation and they are changing our world.  If we are going to have a future of equality, women have to be part of that story too, to ensure that the outcomes are really representative for our whole society.”

She said:

“I’m really proud of the rail freight businesses I represent, and all that they achieve for our economy. To be seen as one of the leading people in that sector gives me a real buzz.”

Alumna Dr Ozak Esu, who has a BEng and PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Loughborough (2011 and 2016), is currently working as a Smart Buildings Technical Lead for BRE (Building Research Establishment) and Construction Innovation Hub. Ozak told us of her success in her career to date:

“Being elected to the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Council and achieving professional registration as a chartered engineer within the same year is one of my proudest moments.

“[Women in Engineering Day] is a day to reflect on and celebrate the contributions of pioneering women engineers (historic, present and future) and to acknowledge the strides yet to be taken towards an inclusive industry.”

Eur Ing Dr Phebe Mann graduated in 1985 with an MSc in Construction. Working as the Tribunal Member (Drainage) for Agricultural Land Tribunal for Wales, Phebe is passionate about encouraging girls to pursue engineering careers. She works with the Girl Guides in her free time, encouraging them to engage in construction and building challenges.

Phebe’s personal inspiration was Dorothy Buchanan:

“Dorothy was the first female member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. She worked hard against her ill-health and determined to succeed against all odds. She worked on the design of Sydney Harbour Bridge and other overseas bridges. I am really inspired by her endeavour and following her footsteps to be the first woman to achieve the unachievable.”

Thank you to our alumnae for sharing their insights into engineering on this international day of celebration.

Find out more about our Women in Engineering Day project online.

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