Conferencing + Events Feature — 25 November 2017

A brilliant Cundall engineer who uses her free time to promote diversity and who tutors disadvantaged youngsters in maths has been named as a finalist in Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has announced.

It’s the latest in a string of honours for Dr Ozak Esu, recently named by The Telegraph as one of its ‘Top 50 Women in Engineering under 35′. Earlier this year, she jointly won the IET’s Mike Sargeant Career Achievement Medal for Young Professionals.

One-to-watch Ozak is an electrical engineer at Cundall, the multi-disciplinary consultancy, where she undertakes surveys of existing buildings, and engineers co-ordinated electrical services for newbuild, refurbishment and fit-out projects. She graduated with first class honours from Loughborough University and has been with industry leader Cundall since 2014. Dr Ozak works in the Birmingham office of Cundall, which has a reputation for providing sustainable solutions.

In my professional career, I’ve always considered myself to be an engineer first and foremost and I love the challenge and satisfaction of the job. Women are under-represented in this profession and if I can do anything to raise its profile as a fantastic career for anyone and everyone, then I’m truly honoured. I want to excel as an engineer – and as a Member of the IET working towards professional registration, it’s encouraging to have my contribution recognised. Thank you to my endorser Dr Nike Folayan (Associate Director at WSP and Chairperson at Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers UK). Congratulations to all the other finalists.” Dr Ozak Esu, Finalist, IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year.

Dr Ozak says she was inspired to study electronic and electrical engineering at Loughborough University because of the power crisis in her country, Nigeria. Learning about renewable energy developed her interest in sustainability which is at the core of the work she does at Cundall.

“I am delighted that Ozak is in line for such a prestigious award.  Since joining Cundall in 2014, Ozak has selflessly carried out her duties as a local STEM ambassador mentoring many students at our Birmingham office.   This is yet another award which recognises the wider contribution that she has made to Cundall, the local academic community and her profession. Ozak, along with many of our other staff, are shining lights in the wider world as we work to improve diversity and inclusion in construction.  Well done Ozak”. Tomás Neeson, Managing Partner at Cundall.

The winner will be announced at an IET awards ceremony on 7th December.

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