Ruth Tatanga CEng MCIBSE rises to the #CIBSE125Challenges by sharing her engineering journey
The theme for #NationalEngineeringDay 2022 is how engineering improves lives. We hear from Ruth Tatanga, CEng MCIBSE as she shares her engineering journey, rising to the #CIBSE125Challenges and celebrating #NationalEngineeringDay (02 November 2022)
Ruth is chair of the Young Engineers Network (YEN) London Committee. She is also a member of CIBSE's Minority Ethnic Group Panel and was one of the 2022 judges for the Apprentice of the Year, at the CIBSE Young Engineers Awards (11 October 2022).
Read about Ruth's journey below:
That is why I continued with a BEng and then a master’s degree in Sustainable Construction and Energy Efficiency via an apprenticeship at ESTP Paris.
When I moved to the UK, I was introduced to two organisations: CIBSE and STEM Ambassadors. These helped with my personal growth and gave me a platform to interact with local people, whilst growing my professional network. I joined CIBSE YEN London in 2019, and it was amazing! I wasn’t the only non-British person, and the group was diverse and welcoming. I’ve since taken on more responsibilities, and the past Chair even encouraged me to apply for the Vice-Chair position.
I was also blessed to find a mentor in every consultancy I joined; someone whose heart resonates with yours. After all, we are all humans before being engineers. These mentors encouraged me to pursue roles I was unsure to apply for and challenged me positively. For example, my mentor at BHE, Esther Martinez, would explain the difference in expressions between Europe and UK, and Simon Leonard, my Director at Waterman Group, is challenging my design decisions and guiding me on how to work collaboratively with other parties on a project.
Looking back, I realise how much I was inspired every time the engineers I encountered shared the story of their journeys with me and I can really notice my growth, both personally and professionally. Their stories are so diverse, and that’s the beauty of a career in building services engineering.
Through Kevin Mitchell’s #CIBSE125Challenges, to celebrate CIBSE’s 125 anniversary, I was able to reflect on my career journey so far and consider how I can continue taking part in the growth of our industry in the future.
Share your #CIBSE125Challenges by engaging with one of the following:
Celebrate - your building services icon
Inspire - future engineers
Boost - development of an early years engineer
Share - your building services story
Engage - with your peers to share knowledge & fight climate change
If you would like more information about how to get involved or if you would like to share something about one of the challenges, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or download the brochure