The EqualEngineers Student Ambassador programme is a great opportunity for students to gain experience in activities outside normal academic education. This voluntary role will allow students to develop and improve new and existing skills that will be beneficial in applications for future employment.
See our current ambassadors below!
Immensely passionate about Engineering, Abirami aims to represent students of marginal races, genders and sexualities. Hoping to unify students in order to enhance the faculty’s capacity for inspired technological innovation, Abirami's attention to detail and heightened social awareness have been major assets to her being self-motivated and determined in achieving her goals. As a woman of colour, she is aware of the extent to which women are under-represented within education and industry. She feels certain her strong initiative and commitment to excellence will allow her to positively contribute by offering feedback and guidance to help students thrive.
Akshitha hails from the beautiful lands of Nairobi in Kenya and currently works as an engineer at GE Aviation in Cheltenham UK. In July 2019, she graduated with a degree in Electrical and electronic engineering from Coventry University where she was involved in various STEM initiatives, societies and the student union. For her engineering is about smart problem solving; an opportunity to get creative and explore practical, innovative solutions using the foundational principles of maths and science. She’s currently on the Edison Engineering development program which is a 2-year graduate program devised by GE Aviation balancing work as a professional engineer with study of Advanced Courses in Engineering (ACE). In her free time, she enjoys photography, yoga and cozying up to a good Netflix binge.
Cyrus is an undergraduate biomedical engineer with an interest in total artificial heart technology. He believes that diversity is one of mans greatest assets and that it is only through working together that we can become stronger as a collective.
Elaine Baker is a MEng Mechanical Engineering student with 3 years of experience in the University of Manchester Formula Student Team. After successfully leading the team in her second year, she is now the deputy team leader and inclusion officer. Elaine has 6 years of work experience as a plumber alongside being involved with various volunteering and non-profit organisations since the age of 14. Examples include St Johns Ambulance, Rainbows Girlguiding, National Citizen Service, Clothes Bank, National Saturday Club and currently providing free German tutoring (Native Bilingual in German). Elaine aims to continue her journey to become a successful Engineer.
Imogen is a third year Civil Engineering MEng student at the University of Bristol, and wants to make a career in structural engineering after graduating. She spends her pastime dancing with the university dance society. Imogen is the IStructE representative for the Civil Engineering Society at Bristol and is involved with running both careers and social events. She is excited to be a Student Ambassador for Equal Engineers and actively work on improving inclusivity and diversity in our industry.
Indira De Oliveira Weba
Indira is a final year Civil Engineering undergraduate and a self-taught artist, driven by creativity and a passion for problem-solving. She grew up in Angola and moved to the United Kingdom at the age of 11. Growing up she did not know which career path to pursue or anyone in the engineering industry, so it was difficult for her to envisage herself as an engineer. Therefore, as a student ambassador for Equal engineers she aims to ensure young people from different backgrounds can receive the right support and access to information to help them succeed in engineering.
Jasmine is a second year engineering student at the University of Warwick, with a plethora of prior experience. She is passionate about increasing diversity and sustainability and in the future, would like to work on major infrastructure projects in developing countries. Notable achievements include being a Women in Engineering, Black Heart Foundation and IGEM scholar as well as being shortlisted for EqualEngineers Engineering Student of the Year award and Undergraduate of the Year award. Currently, she is taking part in the ICE Pitch 200 competition in which the national finals will take place later this year.
Jeanne grew up in France before moving to Scotland to study Mechanical Design Engineering. She is now in 4th year at University of Glasgow. She is very proud to be the president of FemEng, the network of female engineering student at her university. Jeanne is a fierce fighter against LGBTQphobia, misogyny, and racism. She is secretly hoping to save the planet one day, meanwhile she enjoys cooking, drinking beers and tea, and watching DIY videos. She is resourceful, curious, kind and funny.
Katherine is a civil engineering student at the University of Edinburgh with particular interests in fire safety engineering, and developing new sustainable solutions within construction. Sport is a large part of her life; having rowed for Scotland, and recently taken up mixed American Football. She also enjoys mountaineering and can often be found climbing a hill in her spare time. Katherine is extremely passionate about engineering and strongly believes that innovation in engineering is key for societal advancement. She also enjoys encouraging students – especially girls – to pursue careers in science and engineering to make a difference and achieve their potential.
Kyle McCall Anderson
Kyle is a third-year student at the University of Strathclyde studying Aero-Mechanical Engineering. His keen interest in Engineering and Technology was firmly cemented in 2017 when he was selected to go on a learning journey to Houston, Texas to learn more about NASA from the astronauts and engineers that lead the organisation. During his time at Loudoun Academy, Kyle was involved with both the Physics and STEM clubs as a mentor and organiser. Kyle hopes to work with EqualEngineers to make further education more accessible to disadvantaged young people and to promote inclusivity in STEM subjects.
Liza is a 21-year old student who is soon to start her second year in B.Eng Robotics & Autonomous Interactive Systems at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. Liza co-runs the HWU Robotics Society which she co-created during her 1st year while also being part of the Watt-Women in STEM Society. Through these contributions, she believes she will be able to make the world of STEM a better place for the younger generation. Interesting fact about Liza is that you’re likely to always see her with a notebook in her hands as she enjoys journaling every small detail of her day to day events.
Mahnoor Sheikh, final year in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Working as a Design Engineer has broadened her horizons to pursue a career in Artificial Intelligence. She yearns to lead the endeavour in utilising technology to simplify the status quo and desires a career that revolves around values which positively impact society. Mahnoor regularly partakes in charity runs to help the community and enjoys water sports including sailing and powerboating to stay fit and healthy. Her desire of becoming a student leader stems from her hunger to spread the message of creating equality by diminishing the gender gap in Engineering.
Michelle Jideofor is an International student in her third year studying Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol. Initially wanting to gain work-experience, she applied for the role of International Student Ambassador but immediately fell in love with it. She later became a Faculty of Engineering Widening Participation Student Ambassador, which entails working with schools to deliver a range of activities and events on STEM related subjects and supporting school visit days to the Faculty. This awakened her love for improving diversity and inclusion, as well as the general student academic experience of under-represented groups in STEM.
Mohammad Amin is an international student studying Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics at the University of Hertfordshire. As an international student, he had performed extensive research into UK universities, before happily settling in with Herts. According to him, it was a stress-free application process. He has had a fondness for engineering from a young age, as his dad owns an electronics business. He also likes to volunteer and help people to the best of his abilities. His goal in life is to work on developing a more feasible autonomous rail system to improve the lives of everyday commuters in the UK.
Mona is an outgoing, friendly and highly motivated student who is currently in her penultimate year at the University of Strathclyde studying MEng Mechanical Engineering. As part of her degree Mona spent one year studying at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, which allowed her to explore many new cultures as well as reconnect with her own heritage, all of which has added to her aspirations of a global career in the future. Mona is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in the engineering profession and hopes to inspire individuals of all backgrounds to pursue a rewarding career in engineering.
Rachel is 22 and is a Mechanical Engineering Student studying part-time at Teesside University. She works full-time at MPI Offshore / Van Oord as a Trainee Engineer, but started her career with them in 2016 as an Apprentice Draughtsperson. Rachel has worked on numerous Offshore Windfarm Projects around the world and in 2019 completed a five month Project Management Placement at the Van Oord Offshore Wind Head Office in the Netherlands. As a Young member of IMECHE she regularly attends events and Web seminars. Rachels future ambitions include becoming a Charted Mechanical Engineer and to study a Masters.
Samina is currently in 2nd year and studying Aerospace Engineering with Space Technology at the University of Hertfordshire. She earned a place on the engineering society committee, as the inclusion officer - in charge of creating an ethos of fairness, courtesy and respect that embraces all students. Additionally, as a tutor for 3 years she has used her role to inspire children of all ages. As a woman of colour, Samina wants to inspire young adults to undertake careers in industries currently underrepresented by minorities and most importantly dream bigger than they expect.
Shikhar is an Undergraduate Engineering Student at the University of Warwick. He describes himself as a highly driven & innovative individual who enjoys challenging the norm, locating obstacles in societies, and diagnosing them inventively. Recently, Shikhar was chosen as the Engineering representative for his cohort & also as the Engineering, Science, and Medicine Undergraduate representative for his university. Currently, he leads an education project(thinkED) - developing an online platform that helps equip students with skills beyond academics in the areas of Finance, Entrepreneurship, and Personal Development. In general, Shikhar reveals his overuse of the infamous phrase “Trust me, I’m an Engineer”, acknowledging it to be his sole motivation for picking engineering.
Sofia Herrero Barros
Sofia is a third year biomedical engineering student at Glasgow University. Her interest in this field of study has led her to participate in academic societies such as the Biomedical Engineering Society, for which she was First Year Representative and President. Upon graduation, she wants to focus on research to then develop medical devices which will benefit both patients and professionals when carrying their tasks. She describes herself as an outgoing person with good interpersonal skills. As an ambassador, she wants to help students find the opportunities to take the most advantage out of their University experience and professional career.
As an engineering undergraduate student at the University of Warwick, Sonali has undertaken various roles including Events and Publicity Coordinator for the Warwick Women in Engineering and Science society. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion among engineering students. As well as this, she has spent much of her time volunteering with numerous charities around the world and mentoring students from various backgrounds. In sixth form, she was secretary of the Science Society and was awarded the Elizabeth Hoskyn Prize for her service to school societies. In her free time, Sonali enjoys swimming, netball and gardening.
Vic is a Stage 3 Computer Systems engineering undergraduate at the University of Kent. Best described as an ambitious, enthusiastic, and motivated person, driven to accomplish objectives and continuously acquire new skills. The world of technology and IT is ever growing, and it is his desire to make a significant impact and to have an influence in its further development. Vic acquired my passion for everything digital and technology based as a young child and has grown to learn more about his passion through personal research and dedication to staying on top of the technological trends.