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Spotlight on Trailblazing Engineer Titi Oliyide, awarded Top 50 Women in Engineering

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June 23, 2023

Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day! 🎉

Today marks the 10th year of this incredible event, brought to you by the Women's Engineering Society (WES). This year's theme is #MakeSafetySeen, highlighting the remarkable contributions of women engineers worldwide who work tirelessly to support lives and livelihoods. Let's celebrate their achievements and shine a light on the underrepresented presence of women in the engineering industry. Together, we can inspire more young women and girls to pursue engineering careers and champion diversity and inclusion.

🌟 We are thrilled to announce that one of our own has been recognised in the prestigious Top 50 Women in Engineering Awards! 🏆 Congratulations to Titi Oliyide CEng MIET, who has been honoured for her exceptional contributions in the field of engineering. Her dedication to safety and security, along with her commitment to empowering and supporting other women in the industry, truly sets her apart. We are incredibly proud to have such an inspiring role model within our company. Let's applaud Titi Oliyide CEng MIET and all the remarkable women engineers making a difference in our world! 👏🎉

We interviewed Titi to find out more...

Can you tell us about your journey as a woman in process safety engineering?

I got into engineering due to my passion for mathematics and science subjects in high school. I obtained an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering in Nigeria. Thereafter, I moved to the UK to complete a master’s degree in advanced chemical engineering at Imperial College in London. My journey into process safety engineering began at my first role after my master’s degree, where I worked on safety, risk and reliability assessments for oil and gas facilities.

As a successful woman in process safety engineering, what advice do you have for young women who are considering a career in this field? What are some key skills or qualities that you believe are important for women to excel in process safety engineering?

My advice for young women considering a career in process safety engineering would be to develop a wide range of skills, particularly in communication, analysis and problem solving skills. This is important because safety engineers have to adopt a systems thinking approach and a breadth of knowledge in order to mitigate any hazards within an engineering process/system. Communication and a structured analytical approach are required to implement hazard identification and risk analysis techniques. It is also important to be curious and keepabreast of various safety incidents that occur across industries, in order to apply the lessons learned to current/future engineering systems and processes.

In your experience, what are some of the biggest misconceptions or stereotypes about women in engineering, and how have you personally overcome them? How do you think we can work towards breaking down these barriers?

The biggest misconception is that women are not suited for some (or any!) areas of engineering. This is mainly due to the depiction of engineering in the media and society. When we think of engineering, we think of hard hats and oil-stained overalls. While this is part of engineering, other engineering areas exist. I believe better representation of women in all aspects of engineering will pave the way for a more gender balanced engineering workforce. Engineering is generally about solving societal challenges. As women make up roughly half of the human population, we should be adequately represented in the solutions to these challenges.

Can you share an example of a project or accomplishment related to process safety that you're particularly proud of in your career? How did you approach any obstacles or setbacks that you encountered during this project, and what lessons did you learn from that experience?

I am particularly proud of achieving professional registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). It was a goal I set my sights on after I completed my master’s degree and I was very pleased to achieve it in September 2022. I learnt from my journey to professional registration the power of determination and focus, resilience, community and mentorship.

As a woman in process safety engineering, how have you contributed to fostering diversity and inclusion within the industry? What initiatives or actions do you believe are necessary to create a more inclusive and equitable environment for women and underrepresented groups in process safety engineering?

I believe strongly in the power of representation, which is why I am passionate about sharing my career journey to inspire others to consider a career in engineering. When you get a glimpse into someone’s journey, it unlocks possibilities in your mind. We saw this first hand when the Supercritical team went out to an all girls school in Ealing to speak about careers in hydrogen; more students were open to an engineering career after we shared our career journeys  and provided answers to the questions they had. It is also important to mentor and offer advice/guidance to younger engineers. First, it reveals that everyone goes through challenges. We can learn lessons from how others have overcome their challenges. Companies need to continuously review their policies and culture to ensure that it does not exclude female engineers.
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