Sakthy Selvakumaran
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Twenty something year old female engineer specialising in Civil and Structural Engineering. Working in the Engineering Excellence Group at Laing O'Rourke and for Engineers Without Borders UK

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Women in Engineering - It's Time to Tell Our Stories

(0) Comments | Posted 22 June 2016 | (17:10)

It is clear that civil engineering creates impressive accomplishments. Examples range from designing the stunning 95-storey Shard skyscraper in London to the beautiful Gateshead Millennium 'Blinking Eye' Bridge in Newcastle.

What is less evident to the general public is that civil engineering also happens behind...

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Surfing the Waves of Change

(0) Comments | Posted 8 June 2016 | (08:17)

Have you ever spoken to a surfer about why they surf? They will tell you that once you get into it there is no turning back. As someone who has never donned a wetsuit or waxed a board, I never really appreciated the significance of a surfer's relationship with the...

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Engineering a Career Path to the Top

(0) Comments | Posted 13 March 2016 | (16:11)

Earlier this year, Forbes magazine published its "30 Under 30" list - detailing the rising stars across Europe whoa re using their skills to positively change the world.

One of these people was Louise Ellis, a 26-year old who is getting cities ready for global...

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UK Energy: No Plans to Get FIT for the New Year

(0) Comments | Posted 23 December 2015 | (22:37)

Unless you've been staring at your feet when walking around, you can't help but notice that solar photovoltaic (PV) devices have been popping up on house rooftops all around the country. These days we as individuals are more empowered to get involved and make a personal contribution to renewable energy...

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Nepal: Building Back, But Out of More Than Bricks and Mortar

(0) Comments | Posted 1 September 2015 | (18:39)

We are all taken aback by the striking images projected in the wake of devastating natural disasters. In recent months the British media was flooded with appeals for money and support for those affected by the Nepal earthquake. This earthquake struck on 25th April 2015, reaching a massive 7.8 magnitude...

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Should We Be Encouraging the Use of the F-Word in Construction?

(3) Comments | Posted 26 March 2015 | (23:00)

The f-word. It's been making media and social headlines again. With big campaigns like the Everyday Sexism Project aiming to highlight sexism in everyday life, this new wave of feminism is aiming to address a wide array of issues from reducing the pay gap to creating a broader...

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Civil Engineering: All Fun and (Video) Games?

(0) Comments | Posted 3 December 2014 | (21:23)

Computer game designer, video games tester, and working in cinematics for Hollywood movies are high tech dream jobs for many. Civil engineering, on the other hand, is often associated with muddy boots, hammers, hard hats and high vis vests. What isn't obvious is that civil engineering is in fact distinctly...

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Sustainability: Should 'We' Care?

(0) Comments | Posted 20 March 2014 | (15:16)

The effects of climate change and the depletion of natural resources is becoming ever-more apparent in the UK and around the world: flash floods have destroyed homes; farming and crops have been affected; transport services have caused chaos with sudden cancellations and closures.

We can all start pointing fingers...

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Job Available: The Uncreative, Uninventive and Uncaring Need Not Apply

(0) Comments | Posted 8 November 2013 | (15:51)

In choosing a future career, do you find yourself torn between balancing your creative nature, your love of words and communication with an interest in science and technology? Do you dream big and feel you might be capable of bringing people together to navigate difficult decisions that have to be...

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What Women Want: Engineering's Hidden Human Side?

(1) Comments | Posted 28 February 2013 | (08:45)

Why are we still struggling to attract females into the engineering professions?

The Engineering UK 2013 Report shows that UK engineering and manufacturing is very much alive and well. It ranks ninth in global output, makes up almost half (46%) of UK exports, employs 2.5 million people, and...

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Think About Manufacturing to Make it in Great Britain

(4) Comments | Posted 22 August 2012 | (16:31)

For me, being an engineer is about putting science to work for the benefit of society. Being chosen as one of the Make it in Great Britain '30 Under 30' gives me the opportunity to describe what a career in manufacturing is really about. If you want to make society...

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