DR MARGI VILNAY - Episode 029
DR MARGI VILNAY IS A LECTURER IN STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING AND THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AND OUTREACH FOR THE SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE.
Margi completed her BSc (Hons) followed by a Research MSc (Cum Laude) in Structural Engineering, investigating the protection of historic structures as part of an EU funded project.
Subsequently, Margi obtained her PhD from Heriot Watt University looking at assessing the behaviour of reinforced concrete columns under blast loads.
Margi then went on to work as a Structural Engineer in the Oil & Gas industry before returning to academia. Margi joined the University of Dundee in her current role in 2020.
Margi holds a postgraduate certificate in higher education and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is a Chartered Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and is the Education and Inspiration Lead for the local branch. She is also the first woman to be elected Vice-Chair of COMEC (Council of Military Education Committees)
Margi is committed to increasing the number of young people engaging in STEM through public engagement and outreach activities, and in particular, the number of women entering the engineering profession. She has led several initiatives in those areas, including the first International Women in Engineering Day events in Dundee, mentoring and outreach schemes.
MARGI's show notes.
02.38 How Margi first became interested in engineering.
03.55 What route Margi took into the engineering industry.
07.20 Margi explains how we can enthuse the next generation of talent into the engineering industry.
08.50 What Margi's #1 piece of advice is for anyone thinking about a career in engineering.
10.42 How do we explain the challenges we all face in the future and how engineering can help.
14.08 Margi explains how she best thinks we can help to retain engineers in industry.
17.25 What myths Margi would like to dispel about engineering.
19.40 Margi talks about the different careers in engineering and how we can best communicate these opportunities.
22.35 What are the challenges ahead in engineering.
24.50 Margi discusses mentors.
27.04 How does Margi keep motivated.
28.40 What has been Margi's biggest inspiration.
30.15 Why Margi feels there has been a skill shortage in engineering.
34.50 How Margi continually develops herself.
37.25 What the future holds for Margi.
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