Fatima Saleem

Position: Volunteering Officer

As Volunteering Officer this year I’m responsible for running the Engineering Club, which is a student run after school club for Year 5 and 6 pupils. I’ll be working with the volunteering office at the SU to arrange these sessions and recruit volunteers.
This year I am aiming to expand to four schools, as well as run more one-off sessions to increase the number of students that are exposed to engineering at a younger age.

Why engineering?
I spent most of my early years between the UK and Pakistan, settling here just before secondary school. Having always loved science and maths, I spent a lot of time unsure about what to pursue at university, since I had always been encouraged into Medicine, but still wanted to continue with Maths and Physics. After doing some work experience I was introduced to engineering, and subsequently bioengineering. Knowing that it combined all my interests and would allow me to make a positive impact, made it the best option for me.
What made you initially decide to join the Women in Engineering society?
I initially joined the society in fresher’s week as part of the mentorship scheme. Since then I have attended a few events, but am hoping to be more involved by being on the committee this year. When I was younger, I didn’t have much insight into engineering, as girls were not typically promoted into it. By doing volunteering and more outreach work through the society I hope to help bridge this gap for other young people in similar positions.

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