Episode 113: What is the role of electronic and electrical engineers in construction and smart building design?
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On this episode, we have Dr. Ozak Esu (BRE Centre for Smart Homes and Buildings) to talk about electronic and electrical engineering. While also having done research on wind turbine blades for her PhD, she has also organized and collaborated in the design of electrical infrastructure and smart buildings since 2014.
Ozak was motivated to pursue science, especially in the electricity and energy sectors, since growing up in Calabar (the capital of Cross River State in Nigeria). We talk about her experiences of moving to the UK for her Bachelor's degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, then pursuing her PhD while also working as a graduate engineer full-time. As a Black African woman in STEM, it has also always been important to Ozak and organizations like the Visiola Foundation to advocate for better STEM education for African female students, and improve aspects of diversity, equality and inclusion in science and engineering overall.
What is the experience like for someone who goes from a research environment to working in an industry like construction? What are some examples of government regulation or building design that members of the public may not be aware of? How has technology progressed in recent years, and what are Ozak and her team working on, to ensure smart homes and buildings are livable by tenants and as environmentally sustainable as possible?
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