This resource is an interview with Ala - an underground visionary
"Ala is a Civil and Tunnelling Engineer with a passion for the vast buildings and structures we use every day, and…for all things beauty too. Not what you might imagine when you hear the word ‘engineer’, Ala applies her creativity to both areas, working on incredible infrastructure projects, like Crossrail and High Speed 2. Ala, an Irish-Palestinian, has been fascinated by transport, tunnels and large infrastructure from an early age. She enjoyed learning about designing and making from her grandfather, who was a carpenter. This led to a natural curiosity about how other things like buildings and tunnels are made, and inspired her to pursue a future in engineering. She completed a Structural Engineering degree followed by a Masters degree in Transport Planning. Having been given advice at school that didn’t reflect her interests, she wants everyone to know that they can follow their interests into engineering and that it’s accessible to everyone."
This resource forms part of the This is Engineering campaign.