Angela Crowther

Industry sector

Building sector

What I do on an average day

Working at Expedition Engineering, I get a lot of variety in my job. They are a very exciting company and since I joined I have been helping to work out how environmentally-friendly the 2012 London Olympic Velodrome is. It turns out it is a fantastically sustainable project that is becoming really famous as an example of how we should all be designing in the future!

How I got here

I studied a Masters in Civil and Architectural Engineering at the University of Bath. I was supported throughout my degree by scholarships from the Royal Academy of Engineering and Institution of Civil Engineers. This paid for me to travel and learn about all the different exciting jobs engineers can do.

My favourite part of my job

I spent a year working for a charity in Indonesia. There I got to design and build a school for 200 pupils. It was part of the rebuilding after the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. Now living in London, I still get involved in these types of projects by giving design advice to a charity called Architects for Humanity. At the moment we are designing an Eco Lodge in Ghana for AfriKids. I love this part of my job because I get to see first-hand all the great things that engineers can do to help people.

Likes

Learning! Designers need lots of inspiration so you can never have enough knowledge!

Dislikes

Being told something is impossible! There’s always a solution – an engineer can probably help you find the answer!

The future

I really want to be designing but I don’t mind what. Buildings, furniture, new ways of working – anything society needs!

What is engineering?

To engineer means to make things happen. I believe engineers have the skills to make the future a better place for all of us.