Maysun studied at Brunel University where she graduated Aerospace Engineering with 1st Degree Honours. She also has a Master of Science in Engineering and Finance at the University College of London.
She is an Ambassador at STEMNET, a translator at Global Voices and was also a co-founder of CodeAton, an online education tool for students and teachers to learn coding.
Maysun currently works at Connected Place Catapult where she is working on several future transport projects. These include the Government Drone Pathfinder Programme, aimed at enabling safe integration of drones into UK airspace, as well as the Autonomous Valet Parking project, developing automotive-grade indoor parking maps required for autonomous vehicles to localise and navigate within a multi-storey car park
@5.55 With no intention of being an engineer, “So I had no intention of going into engineering at all”, in her final year of school she started enjoying maths and physics because of an amazing teacher.
Maysun’s first role was a Project Manager overseeing a variety of engineering disciplines. It was very challenging as she didn’t know enough detail about each of the areas, but learned that in the end she didn’t have to.
“But I also learned that you don’t need to know everything about all these disciplines in order to manage them”
Her current role on the Pathfinder Project is an area of engineering Maysun greatly enjoys.
“in London, the drone area is moving quite fast”
The most satisfying party of current role is to be in an area that is so innovative and leading edge.
“I really feel like I have a foot into the future”
“So it’s really nice to be able to work in these futuristic projects.”
Hot Topic discussion
@18.15 – Engineers are not being taught about the future. “we’re not really educating kids about the future that we live in”
“the engineering we’ve been taught in university is very different from the engineering that we have today and the engineering of the future”
It will take more than engineers to build society of the future.
“in order to build the future, we don’t just need engineers”
Alternatively, re-frame the word engineering and change its significance
“we need to review, rephrase, reframe the word of engineering, and maybe change its significance”
To move engineering courses towards thinking and preparing for the future, it is not going to be easy.
“we definitely need to change the education system”
And having an inclusive engineering industry will go a long way to helping to prepare for the future.
Working with industry to understand the needs of the future.
“working with the industry to understand, first of all, what skills will be needed for the future, and also what the future looks like”
Having role models and mentors is essential to ensure students understand what’s been done and how they can walk their own path.
“I think by being an ambassador … I can actually shine a light on what I do, or what women in engineering can do, or what the future looks like, maybe we can build a better future”
Showing students that engineers “look” different “it’s not just about a typical engineer wearing a lab coat and with goggles”
During this podcast, you will also reflect on:
Role models have a responsibility to describe their journey. To show that not a single path is the same.
“have that responsibility of showing parts of their true self”
The Future is very exciting to Maysun. Society has already achieved a lot, but there’s an opportunity to “remodel the definition of engineering and make it a better and cooler one”
Until the phrase “engineer” can be protected, engineers won’t be respected in society
“I hope that we can get to a point where engineers can be respected for who they are“
@37.29 Advice for engineers
“You have to be strong and push the barriers, you don’t have to be like everyone else. And you just have to be yourself.”
An engineering item for discussion…Passenger drones and moving to teleportation “that would be even cooler”
An engineer to admire…
Elon Musk “I think he is a great visionary, although a bit controversial at times”