In celebration of International Women’s Day, the UCL Student Society of Women Engineers, along with the IMechE, IET, WES and IChemE, will once again be holding an event for engineers to share their personal journey.
This event celebrates the diversity within engineering with speakers from different sectors and stages of their careers. As part of the event a panel discussion will take place for those with questions, followed by a networking session with food and drinks.
- Benita Mehra
, President of WES (Women’s Engineering Society)
- Silvia Boschetto
, Director at SilvaKey
- Anushka Devaser
, Process Engineer at AMEC Foster Wheeler
- Cassie Kolyda
, Founder and CEO StraDia Coaching
March, 6:30pm – 8pm
[NOTE LOCATION CHANGE] Darwin B40 Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building (enter from Malet Place, just off Torrington Place, London)
Free of charge and open to all
Benita Mehra, CEng, MBA, MSc, BSc (Eng), MIET, MWES is of Indian heritage having been born and brought up in SE England/London. Engineering was in her blood, and this led her to selecting her first degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Upon graduation she joined the airport operator BAA, and with their support she attained her chartered status having been seconded from BAA into a manufacturing company. She was then given the opportunity to undertake an MSc in Construction Management at Heriot-Watt University, which led onto being responsible for large multimillion pound construction related projects such as the terminal buildings at Heathrow and the redevelopment of Stansted airport. She attained an MBA at Henley while still working at BAA, allowing her to move into maintenance and staff management, and was given the responsibility for the runways at Heathrow and a large team of engineers.
Family beckoned and she gained a non-executive board position for a housing association, to ensure that governance and risk was paramount when taking decisions. As this was a part time role, she decided that she would try the interim market, and has now worked for the NHS as an interim manager for a few years.
She has spoken at schools and for the IET on careers for women in engineering and decided to join the Women's Engineering Society. Benita was elected as President of WES on 10th October 2015.
Silvia Boschetto, MBA, BEng, DipMarketing, CEng FIMechE
Silvia qualified as a mechanical engineer 1992 and ever since, she’s been active member of the Institution of Engineers, Australia. In 2009, Silvia joined the IMechE as a chartered engineer and Fellow. She moved from Australia to the UK in 1995.
Her career has included: working as engineer designing and manufacturing submarines for the Department of Defence, Australia; researching into alternative fuels, design and production of conventional and alternative power systems for excavators, trucks, cars and buildings. Additionally, she has led programmes and developed businesses in biomass, hydrogen fuel cells and the on/offshore wind industry. Most recent roles have ranged from a Strategy Advisor, supporting BP’s Chief Scientist, advising in decisions relating to future energy and transport technologies, to Global Operations for an environmental INGO setting up offices and running programmes in West Africa and Ethiopia.
She completed an MBA at Cranfield School of Management (UK) and a marketing diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK), and currently, she chairs the Diversity and Equality committee (IMechE).
Silvia is Director, at Silvakey. In 2014, she led a project for The Daphne Jackson Trust & Department of Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) investigating the feasibility of setting up a scheme to assist engineers that have taken a career break return to industry.
Anushka Devaser BEng (Hons) IEng MIMechE AMIChemE is a Senior Process Engineer with 5 years of experience in Applications, Project Management and Process Engineering. Her sectors of expertise include combined heat and power generation, coal and biomass fired power plants, material handling with bulk solids in the mechanical and pneumatic conveying industries, injection technologies into furnaces/mini blast furnaces, conversion of coal to biomass fired power plants, waste management and wastewater industries. Some of her key clients include North London Waste Authority, Britannia Refind Metals, SITA UK, Alstom and Drax power station.
She has made lots of choices in her life that has led her to where she is today. Originally from Malaysia, she took a leap of faith to come to the UK to pursue her degree and three jobs later, she is still in the UK! She enjoys the arts as the much the sciences and at one point was very close to pursuing performing arts as a degree as she was a keen actor in school and university theatre. She also enjoys travelling, is extremely passionate about good food and enjoys politics.
Engineer/ Personal Branding Strategist for Professional Women/ Corporate Motivational Speaker/ Volunteer
Kassiani (Cassie) Kolyda has a BSc in Control & Computer Engineering and Msc in Digital Signal Processing (the only female in both her Degrees). At the age of 25 she was managing multi-million Telecommunications accounts and her clients were BT, Telstra, Deutch Telecom. With over 20 years of international business experience working for major multinational companies where she held a number of Senior Executive positions in Business Management Consulting, Sales, Marketing, Training & Development, HR, Organisational Change Management.
She participated in major European Union’s Projects for Career Development and Training Tools and she is a Senior Member the IET Women’s Network and of the committees that established and developed the European Coaching and Mentoring Standards.
Wanting to create something that made a difference in the world she launched StraDia Coaching, an international company with a mission to help Women raise their Profile in male dominated arenas, develop Unique Personal Brand to Stand Out, market their expertise, monetize their knowledge, leverage their time and not settle for less than they are worth!
Her true passion is to enable women to strategically advance their careers, break through the Glass Ceiling and raise their game to make it in the “Boys Game”! Be unstoppable!
Join us for an evening full of inspiring talks!