Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day



For International Women in Engineering Day (Friday, 23 June 23) Research Fellow Dr Alicia Terrero-Gonzalez has shared her thoughts on a career in science.

Alicia completed a BEng in Mining Engineering at the University of Oviedo, Spain, before studying for an MSc in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Aberdeen and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering with the Universities of Aberdeen and Curtin, Australia.


  • What brought you to the NDC and what is your role here?

I was highly intrigued by the prospect of working at the NDC because of the opportunity it offered for  research that can be directly applied to  industry as well as the development of new engineering concepts for practical applications. As an interdisciplinary research group, the NDC facilitates the exchange of knowledge across various disciplines, effectively bridging the gap between academia and industry. In my role, I am engaged in engineering research that centres around studying the dynamics of various novel systems in the marine environment. My daily work encompasses implementing models and conducting simulations using the state-of-the-art 300-degree immersible Marine Simulator. Specifically, I focus on innovative renewable energy devices, aiming to develop insights that will contribute to their successful implementation within the industry in the near future.

  • How did you decide on a career in engineering?

Since my teenage years, I have been captivated by various science-related topics and the prospect of solving problems, finding practical solutions and contributing to the advancement of society. This innate curiosity for applying knowledge led me to pursue a career in engineering. I firmly believe that engineering not only equips individuals with invaluable technical skills but also instils a problem-solving mindset that extends beyond professional life.

  • What or who inspired you?

Being immersed in a scientific environment from an early age has greatly influenced my career path. Growing up with a mother who is an academic in science related topics has instilled in me a deep appreciation for the wonders of engineering and science. Witnessing her dedication and passion to the field has been the main source of inspiration.

  • What is your favourite part of your job?

My favourite part of my job is the process of developing models and witnessing how the studies we implement accurately describe real-world phenomena, bringing us closer to practical applications. It is truly fascinating to see the connection between theoretical concepts and their ability to capture the essence of real-life scenarios. This alignment between theory and reality allows us to explore direct applications of our research. The prospect of translating our findings into tangible solutions that can address real-world challenges is incredibly rewarding and fuels my passion for engineering.

  • What advice would you give to someone thinking about a career in engineering?

My advice would be to nurture the curiosity for innovative solutions and embrace the mindset of continuous learning. Engineering is a rapidly evolving field, and it is crucial to stay adaptable and updated with the latest trends and innovations. Develop a passion for learning and improving transferable skills that can be applied across different engineering disciplines. Engineering is a journey of making a positive impact, and embracing the opportunity to contribute to solutions that address real-world problems in the safest possible way and improve people’s lives.

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PublishedWednesday June 21st, 2023