Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Female Graduate Engineer Aspires To Improve African Energy

Written by Elena Doncheva | Electrical and Electronic Engineering | Thursday 4th December 2014 12:27:00 GMT

Ozak Esu, an engineering grad and PhD student at Loughborough University in the UK, hopes to reform the energy sector in Nigeria.

Ozak Esu works at Cundall, a multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy

Ozak Esu works at Cundall, a multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy

Ozak Esu, a PhD student at Loughborough University in the UK, will be presenting her research at the IMAC XXXIII Conference in the United States.

The young graduate recently finished her research on microelectromechanical, or MEMs, systems, and is now gearing up for the conference.

“IMAC XXXIII is the largest conference and exposition on structural dynamics applicable to a vast number of areas [and] engineering disciplines, and I am truly honoured to be selected,” Ozak says.

She briefly summarized the essence of her research as the exploration of potential use of low-cost MEMs accelerometers, which are popular for their use in smart phones and in the automotive industry, such as in the deployment of airbags.

“I am really looking forward to listening to the presenters and also presenting my paper," Ozak says. “The location and the timing of the conference could not have been any better.”

She cannot hide her excitement: "It’s in Orlando, Florida, right next to Disneyland and Universal Studios, and in February when it’s cold in the UK – what a tremendous getaway.”

She is a graduate engineer at Cundall, a multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy, and plans to achieve Chartered Engineer status with the Institute of Engineering (IET).

The ambitious young engineer is originally from Nigeria, and has not forgotten her home country. “I aspire to contribute towards improving the energy sector there through consultancy and academia – teaching, writing and publishing my ideas, solutions, case studies and models that can be easily adapted,” she says.

She aspires to become a STEM ambassador in Nigeria to encourage active learning, which will supplement the rote learning currently used by schools in the country – a memorization technique based on repetition.

“From my personal experience, I believe that the most attractive facet of this profession to young people is the breadth of opportunities engineering provides – and the diversity,” Ozak says.

“Most of the time when I volunteer at STEM events, I get inspired by the amazing ideas young people have… It is amazing,” she adds.

Ozak decided she would study engineering at a very young age. “I chose electronic and electrical engineering specifically out of frustration,” she says. “Missing my favourite TV shows due to frequent power cuts and blackouts created an awareness of the challenges the energy sector faced and still faces in my country, Nigeria.”

According to Ozak, despite being difficult the profession of engineering is rewarding in its own way.

“My advice to students and young engineers is to grasp all opportunities within reach,” she says. “Put in the time. Apply for that internship, placement opportunity advertised, or scholarship or innovation competition.

“Attend training and skills development sessions advertised on campus… Think through and evaluate topics learnt on your course using real life examples and applications.

“There are so many problems in the world that need solutions and you can discover them. Never stop learning and thinking.”

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