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International Women's Day with Ada Szymanska

06 March 2020

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The 8th of March is the celebration of International Women’s Day. The 2020 theme is #EachforEqual- an equal world is an enabled world, and you can read more about this by visiting International Women's Day website.

At CDEnviro we are fortunate to have a great team that continually drives our business forward, regardless of gender. Together we work on the company’s purpose to engineer solutions for customers which will allow them to create a New World of Resource.

To celebrate diversity and culture at CDEnviro on International Women’s Day, we caught up with Ada Szymanska, CDEnviro’s Graduate Wastewater Engineer.

Working for CDEnviro

I joined CDEnviro in July 2019 as the Graduate Wastewater Engineer just three days after I graduated with an MEng in Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University, Belfast. I am also currently working towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Business and Management which is due to finish in September 2020.

I am working on a project in conjunction with University College Dublin called FUSION. This project aims to develop new solutions to treat contaminated soil. In my role, no two days are the same. You can usually find me focusing on research papers, performing experiments or analysing chemical results from soil testing. This week my focus has been working with my CDE Global colleagues in our factory to complete a new prototype I have designed for removing contaminants from soil. I hope to start this testing very soon.

Plans for 2020 at CDEnviro

2020 is a challenging and exciting year for me. By the end of this year, the FUSION project will be completed, and the end goal is to manufacture a large-scale solution prototype which will be fully tested on-site for treating contaminated soils. So far, the project is going well, and my hope is the solution will be added to our current solutions to support global customers with soil contamination.

In the past year, I have visited various customer sites which have given me a great insight into how my colleagues complete customer projects at the commissioning stage. I enjoy working with customers to see the benefit and impact our solutions have to their company. This year I would like to visit more customer sites to continue learning from my colleagues.  

Advice for a graduate pursuing a career in engineering

Luckily at school, my favourite and strongest subjects were STEM subjects and as my father is a Mechanical Engineer, he inspired me to look at all areas of engineering.

Engineering is still typically seen as a ‘male-dominated industry’ but at Queen’s University, Belfast, the number of females studying engineering is continually growing. According to QUB research, 24% of undergraduate engineering students are female for 2020, which shows an increase of 4% since 2019. I love to see more females studying engineering as it is a great industry to work in and one that I get so much fulfilment from.

With a love for the environment, mathematics, and chemistry this graduate programme with CDEnviro has been the perfect opportunity to begin my career.  At CDEnviro the focus has never been on my gender. I work within a talented team that focuses on engineering, innovation and tackling difficult challenges to create solutions for our customers.

My advice to any graduate, regardless of gender, is that if you like problem-solving and you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty, then you can do engineering! For graduates seeking to start their engineering career after university, I would highly recommend applying to CDE’s Graduate Programme. As a graduate, it’s been the best company to learn from experienced colleagues and be allowed the freedom to be innovative and creative.

If you would like to discover career opportunities with CDE or learn more about their Graduate Programme for 2021, keep an eye out on our latest vacancies.

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