Name: Tamara Moustafa
A Levels: Maths, Physics, ICT, English Lit (AS-level)
Degree: Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering (MSc)
Job Title: Graduate Environmental Services Engineer
Where you are from and what university did you attend?
Born and Raised in London from a family of Middle Eastern descent. I attended the University of Surrey where I studied my BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree and Chalmers University of Technology where I studied my MSc degree in Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering, after realising in high school that I wanted to be part of shaping a better world.
Tell us a little bit about your job role.
Designing for sustainable water systems in buildings that focus on recycling rain-, grey- and black-water to conserve energy and water used. Systems are encouraged to assess demand volumes in order to supply the appropriate amount and reduce wastage. Designing in harmony with the natural environment and hydrology is of utmost interest and importance.
What personal qualities are important for being an engineer?
An interest in the natural systems of the world, open-minded, able to communicate to others clearly, driven to find solutions, able to listen and take in information/opinions. Wanting to make our future a better place to be.
Give us three reasons why you think engineering is cool.
1) We are able to harness the natural elements to promote an enriched lifestyle
2) always room for growth and development – there is no right answer to anything
3) we enable humanity and nature to thrive.
Let us know about anything fun you have done off the back of engineering - some projects you maybe got involved with at university, or doing voluntary projects or during your in industry.
I participated in a series of workshops during my placement year that focused on international humanitarian aid held at the Royal Academy of Engineering and hosted by EWB and RedR. I was a volunteer for the British Red Cross in their GIS mapping team for 6 months. I was the president of the Engineers without Borders society at the University of Surrey. Through this scheme I volunteered to help renovate a school in a rural village in Armenia with a non-profit, non-political organisation called DAC (Armenian Diaspora Connection). It is amazing that our industry enables us to make a positive impact on so many lives.
And do you have any final thoughts?
Our world is governed by masculine and feminine energy – a balance is always a good place to aim to be at. The engineering world is no different.