… fanning sparks of possibilities into flames of achievement.

Yewande (pronounced Yeah-wan-day) is a chartered engineer, an innovator, a dreamer and speaker with tons of passion for the role of innovation, creativity and engineering in our world today. She holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering Design and Appropriate Technology from the University of Warwick and a Masters in Innovation and Design for Sustainability from Cranfield University. Yewande’s engineering experience and responsibilities include Design and Construction, Strategy & Innovation and Manufacture of buildings and systems in the built environment. She has worked on projects in the U.K.,  Africa, the Middle East and in East Asia.

My Engineering Story

I kind of always had huge interests in Engineering. I was very impressed by the built environment (buildings, bridges) and realized from an early age the implications of a lack of good infrastructure in developing countries. I felt it was something I wanted to be part off! I admit though, I went through a number of phases. Architecture was my longest running. There were also times when I felt I’d rather spend my time learning languages, loose myself completely to Shakespeare’s finest works or sketch out my dream clothes. Just before I started to make decisions about university, my mum shared the thought that as an engineer I’d have more opportunity to express my ambition to create inspiring spaces for people to live and work and also be able contribute towards water, energy and transport design.

I gave it some thought.

 

Nearly two decades now, since I made that decision to study Engineering, it has been an absolutely fantastic journey on the whole. With great times and also challenging times, I have come to really appreciate the beauty of engineering. The creativity, the daring to dream, the art of story –telling’ of conceptual ideas;  achieving an exact expression of sequence, relation and  logic is what creates the built environment and technologies that shape and influence our daily experiences.