Newnham Conversations: engineering a career

Newnham Conversations: engineering a career

Newnham Conversations: engineering a career
Sunday 26 September 2021, 11.00am to 12.00pm BST
Past event
Past event
Sunday 26 September 2021, 11.00am to 12.00pm BST
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Open to: 
Alumni and guests
Colleges, Science and technology

Newnham Fellows, Dr Claire Barlow and Dr Sakthy Selvakumaran are experts in engineering. Although their knowledge has come from different paths and disciplines, today they will join in a lively conversation to discuss careers, their impact on Newnham, the wider University and the future of engineering.

We welcome you to join us at this exclusive event for an insight into the impact of women in engineering at Newnham. 

Newnham Conversation: engineering a career


Dr Claire Barlow (Girton 1973)

Dr Claire Barlow

Dr Claire Barlow is a sustainability and materials engineer, with a particular interest in the end-of-life of products, their re-use and recycling.  

She studied for both her undergraduate degree and her PhD at Cambridge University, at the Department of Materials Science and Girton College before taking up a Junior Research Fellowship at Newnham College. She is a lecturer in the Engineering Department, where she has held a series of roles over time (Course Director for the Manufacturing Engineering Tripos, Director of Undergraduate Education, Deputy Head of Department (responsibility for undergraduate teaching) and Interim Head of Department).  

She has been Director of Studies in Engineering at Newnham since 1988, and is currently Senior Fellow.  

Dr Sakthy Selvakumaran (Sidney Sussex 2006)

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Dr Sakthy Selvakumaran studied Engineering at the University of Cambridge (MA, MEng). She then lived and worked internationally in design, construction and R&D roles within industry and international development, becoming a Chartered Civil Engineer (CEng, MICE).  

Her roles in industry ranged from designing new bridges to working on sites to reconstruct housing destroyed by earthquakes. She returned to Cambridge for her PhD, spending part of her doctoral training as a Visiting Researcher with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and received the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET) Leslie H Paddle Award for her work.  

Her achievements include being named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe List (2016), and the Financial Times Top 100 Most Influential Women in UK Engineering list (2020), and being appointed to the Young Professionals Panel of the National Infrastructure Commission in the UK (2018).  

Dr Selvakumaran is currently the Isaac Newton Trust/Newnham College Fellow in Engineering. 

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