“I grew up seeing my Dad as my role model. And he is a civil engineer. So I saw him working with interesting tools and software. I remember he had this huge table with massive white papers. It had scribbles of buildings all over it, and a ruler that was taller than me.
He also had sketches on his computer. He had lots and lots of books. And all of this really fascinated me. I would even do pretend play when he was not looking.”
The wonderful quote above is from this episode’s guest, Dr. Zenan Ahmed, who is talking to Emma Nicholson as part of the series Focus on Female Engineers. Dr. Zenan Ahmed is currently a Senior Energy and Sustainability Engineer WSP in the United Kingdom. But in her biography below you can read about more of her endeavours.
“Starting early during the formative years. I think that it’s really important how each of us are brought up in our household and how the gender bias rules are passed on from one generation to another. I think it’s really important that we eradicate that preconceived notion from a very early age.
And it’s not really about forcing people to be an engineer when they do not want to be an engineer. It’s more about exposure and validation and telling them look, this is also for you.”
Dr. Zenan Ahmed is an experienced Senior Energy and Sustainability Engineer currently employed at WSP in the United Kingdom. Alongside her primary role at WSP, Zenan also volunteers with the European Youth Energy Network, contributing as an Energy Policy Reviewer within the Youth Energy Consumer task force.
Additionally, she shares her datascience knowledge by teaching at Le Wagon, a global coding bootcamp. Zenan’s professional interests revolve around the intersection of energy, sustainability, and data. She has previously held roles at Swansea University as a researcher and worked as an Energy Pricing, Forecasting, and Trading Analyst at an energy company in the UK.
Zenan originally hails from Bangladesh, where she completed her undergraduate studies in Electrical and Communication Engineering at BRAC University. She later pursued further education in the United Kingdom, obtaining both a master’s and a doctoral degree in Renewable Energy Systems from the University of Nottingham.
Dr. Zenan Ahmed’s diverse experiences and educational achievements have established her as a respected professional in the field of energy and sustainability.
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