Chuxuan Zhang

Position: Social secretary

As Social Secretary, I want to create the most friendly and welcoming environment possible in the society. To achieve this, I will organise a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic socials that are affordable for both the society and members, and the planning process will be transparent to all committee members. I intend to put a great deal of focus on bringing in new members in freshers, but that doesn’t mean that the rest of the year will be dry. The Women in Engineering Networking ball is important but so are all of our socials! To make sure they’re all successful, I’ll work with publicity to build up hype for all of our events.

Why engineering?
I have always had a passion for design and improving society. I chose to study architecture in the first place, then I realised that university provides a dual course which I can study both architecture and structural engineering.  I think it’s important that architects consider the structural viability of their projects when designing ‘innovative’ or ‘trendsetting’ creations, and therefore I think that the combination of Structural Engineering and Architecture offers the best and most pragmatic way to learn how to design beautiful, yet fit-for-purpose buildings. Studying structural engineering helps me realise my passions towards engineering, and I enjoy the process of working along with other engineers and architects to find a realistic design. 

What made you initially decide to join the Women in Engineering society? 
Women in Engineering is one of the biggest and first societies I have heard of. I am aware that this society provides a great deal of help for female students in the engineering field. I was intimidated by the society at first because of how big and professional the society is, but after interacting with members from the society, I realised that the society is very supportive and approachable. Therefore, I decided to be a part of the society to support other women in the field, and as social secretary, I want to create a friendly atmosphere for more students to be a part of it. 

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