Mimi-Isabella Nwosu, Assistant Materials Engineer

What discipline are you currently working in?

I am an Assistant Materials Engineer in the Technical expertise and planning discipline.

What are you studying?

Advanced Materials for Sustainable Infrastructure, MSc at Imperial College London.

How did you hear about the opportunity at Sir Robert McAlpine?

I was specifically looking for roles in Civil Engineering materials. I had heard of Sir Robert McAlpine during my former roles and I found exactly what I was looking for on LinkedIn it was very surreal.

What subjects did you take at school / A-level?

At school I really enjoyed the sciences, I always knew I wanted a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). I didn’t take a typical route into engineering, at A-Levels I studied; Religious Studies, Biology, Chemistry and Psychology. This is what I love most about engineering all skills gained are transferable! At the University of Portsmouth I studied Civil Engineering specialising in Geotechnical and Structural Engineering.

Prior to working at Sir Robert McAlpine, do you have any other work experience?

I worked as a Graduate Highways Engineer, working on projects such as HS2 and local authority projects, designing road alignments, traffic calming and cycle schemes around the UK.

During my degree it was important for me to get experience in this field, so I took a 16-month placement with a construction management company.

Tell us about your role

I assist the company materials engineering, looking after all projects nationally. My role is varied, which is why I enjoy it, working on multiple projects and providing technical expertise to designers and contractors within design, repair and maintenance. Achieving technical excellence is important for me, so my role requires a lot of reading of various standards. I am currently on secondment as a Materials Engineering Technician to enhance my knowledge on material testing techniques and performance.

What does a typical day look like for you?

A typical day for me includes reviewing project material specifications and ensuring that they meet the British Standards and solving design related issues regarding materials. I conduct tests on various materials and ensure their performance meets the specification for each project.

What does your future look like?

Ultimately, I would like to gain CEng status within The Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE), complete my masters and progress within Materials engineering at Sir Robert McAlpine. Through my experiences I would like to inspire women to pursue a career in engineering and construction.


Mimi Isabella Nwosu

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