Dr Ozak Esu has been named as one of the six finalists in the IET Young Woman of the Year Award 2017.
The IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards, now in its 40th year, is searching for a dynamic young engineer who represents the very best of the profession. The female engineer should be a high achiever, a problem solver and a team player. It is important that she should be an inspiration to her colleagues and, just as importantly, have the charisma and personality to inspire others to follow in her footsteps.
Ozak was encouraged to apply for the award by her application endorser, Dr Nike Folayan, Associate Director at WSP, and Chairperson at AFBE-UK (Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers) who said the following about her:
“I believe Ozak is the ideal candidate for the YWE Award because she possesses an innate ability to inspire not just her colleagues but the next generation of engineers. Ozak’s key strengths are leadership, innovation, collaborative approach to tasks and seeing ideas through to fruition. Her ambition is displayed through her work ethic and determination in seeking knowledge in engineering by completing a PhD programme in record time at Loughborough University while working as an engineer within Cundall. At a relatively young age, Ozak is the author to many published conference and journal papers on Vibration-Based Condition Monitoring of Wind Turbine Blades. She has delivered various specialist talks at conferences and seminars on her subject matter. Her extra-curricular activities do not only include engineering related tasks but she is also a named top tutor by The Access Project in recognition of achievements as a volunteer mathematics tutor and in securing additional tutors for the charity.
Ozak is a high achiever, a technology innovator, and is a good team player which is evident through her work with a team of four engineers developing an innovative idea for a low-cost, portable, battery-powered, easy to install, real-time load monitoring device to address vehicle overloading faced by humanitarian relief agencies operating in remote locations with challenging terrain. This is a project she is completing in addition to her day job, and clearly displays her passion for the engineering profession.
Ozak worked closely with AFBE-UK to deliver AFBE-UK's Transition workshop to 50 students looking to work in engineering. The Transition workshop is designed to prepare university students for industry, translating, the number of BME students who study engineering (over 21%), into engineering professionals (6% BME). Ozak was approachable, willing to help, and supportive to all the attendees. Ozak’s talk on her Transition journey from student to engineer was particularly inspiring, her message of hard work, importance of excellence and overcoming barriers was the highlight of the workshop having travelled from Birmingham to attend this weekend workshop in her own time. Many of the Transition workshop attendees reported that they have felt more confident since that workshop with some already earning graduate jobs in the industry.
Dr Ozak Esu's growth in the industry is outstanding and her potential is unlimited. She has clearly excelled at every assignment. Ozak has shown her ability through her involvement and dedication to extending the reach and influence of engineering in developmental and sustainability challenges of today. She has brought great credit not only to herself but to her company and the wider community”.
The nomination along with Ozak’s application, secured her a place in the top 10. She was then invited to interview where she was asked to present more detail about herself, her education and recent projects which she has been involved in at Cundall. A combination of the above has seen Ozak named as a finalist.
All finalists have been invited to an award evening in London taking place on the 7th December. We wish Ozak luck at the awards dinner, details of the evening can be found here.