“I never dreamed that I will get to the point where I am.”
Emma Nicholson speaks to the very insightful Magda Sartin about many aspects of her work in engineering and the path that led to it.
From being a ballerina to now being a Mum who balances her successful career in engineering, Magda’s story will resonate with many of you. She touches on how motherhood has helped aspects of her work and also delves into Imposter Syndrome.
“I’ve never dreamed I will be working for international companies travelling around the world, living in different countries. So I would definitely recommend to give it a try.”
Magdalena Sartin is the Global Reliability Excellence and Engineering Senior Director for Cargill in food industry. She is originally from Poland where she graduated in Master of Science in Civil & Structural Engineering from Gdansk University of Technology.
Prior to Cargill, Magda has spent over 17 years working for various industries in the UK and in the USA including: residential, commercial, industrial and Oil and Gas onshore and offshore in both owner’s organizations as well as engineering service providers.
She is a chartered member of the Institutions of Civil Engineers in the UK and a member of the AISC (USA). I’m also chairing the PIP (Process Industry Practices) Globalization Community in the USA.
Magda is very passionate about STEM and promoting it from very early ages. As growing up she did not know what she wanted to be and there were no outreach programmes for her to learn what opportunities there may have been. She loves being involved in school projects, experiments to teach kids about science through fun and play.
Throughout her career, she has had to overcome many barriers and obstacles as a foreign female engineer however, she has encountered some amazing mentors (males and females) who helped her navigate and supported me through challenging times.
Now Magda would like to share her journey and inspire younger generations of talented females to choose engineering as their career path as it has been very rewarding for her. It has allowed her to travel the world, live and work in other countries across the globe and to meet inspirational people.
Magdalena has always has been an ambassador for Equity Diversity & Inclusion, and has served on various panels to raise awareness of this issue. She is very excited, and thoroughly looking forward to making a difference through WES.
Emma is an award-winning Chartered Construction Manager and Chartered Environmentalist and has been a previous Board Trustee with the Women’s Engineering Society.
She is a Principal Sustainability Project Manager with a multi-disciplinary national UK consultancy with 25 years built environment industry experience.
She is also Chair of the EDI Specialist Interest Group for the Women’s Engineering Society and is an EDI Advisory Group member of the Chartered Institute of Building.
Emma founded the international LinkedIn Group, Women in Sustainable Construction and Property and has been Chair of the UNA-UK Harrogate Group since 2022.
Written by: Jackie De Burca
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