Massive, massive congratulations to Mimi-Isabella Nwosu an Assistant Materials Engineer at Sir Robert McAlpine, who recently won an Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE) Rising Star Award! We couldn't be prouder. Mimi has been an absolute advocate for diversity and inclusion and has been an ambassador for the network ever since we met her at the launch of BPIC Network back in September 2019.
She continues to wave the flag for women, engineering, young people and of course being an ambassador for BPIC Network. To see her continually set the bar high and make strides in the industry is something we must celebrate! We recently sat down with her to discuss her career so far and here is what she had to say
Why did you choose your career?
It was by chance I came into the construction industry, my friend took me along to one of his lectures at university, and the rest is history. I chose this career path as a Materials Engineer because I thoroughly enjoyed studying materials at university, specifically, concrete technology and application! My role allows me to work on a variety of projects and sectors within civil engineering (dams, bridges, buildings, tunnels, etc.), which genuinely means no day is the same! I am passionate about sustainable infrastructure and building a better future, and I believe construction materials will drive this.
What did you study at school/university?
I originally wanted to be a medical professional, so I studied Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and Religious Studies at A-Level. In the end, I studied a degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Portsmouth, and I look forward to doing my MSc this September at Imperial College London.
What certifications are associated with your career?
The leading institution for Civil Engineers is the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). I am hoping one day to meet Chartered Engineer status (CEng) within the institution. You can become a chartered engineer through the ICE or depending on what sector of civil engineering you are a part of; there are other institutions you can gain Chartership through (CIHT, IStructE, etc.). They all provide resources to assist you in meeting your goals of professional registration.
What advice would you give to others looking to follow your route?
Please follow a career that interests YOU. Always ask questions – every day is a learning opportunity! Create your own opportunities and grasp all the experiences you can. Engineers never stop learning, keep up to date with the improvements in technology – construction can be a fast-paced environment. Never be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, research your industry, network with people and join your institution!
We wish Mimi the very best in her career, as she progresses to be a Chartered Civil Engineer. Once again, we would like to congratulate her and thank her for all her hard work! If you would like to get in touch with Mimi, please see her social handles below;
LinkedIn: Mimi-Isabella Nwosu