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Connected Energy's women share their engineering story on International Women's Day

On International Women’s Day, we’ve asked the women of Connected Energy to share their stories and journey into engineering and battery storage manufacturing.

08/03/2024

We’re celebrating International Women’s Day and we’ve caught up with some of our female staff to hear their stories of joining the manufacturing and engineering landscape. 

Find out more about International Women’s Day, celebrated every March 8th, as a focal point in the women’s rights movement. IWD shines a light on issues such as gender equality, reproductive rights, and violence and abuse against women.

Connected Energy is delighted to have grown our team from 20 to 40 in the last 18 months, and increased our proportion of women from 10% to 25%, paving the way for engineering and manufacturing opportunities for women…

Farangis Tabibi, Electrical Design Engineer

“I work on Safety Controller Design for our battery energy storage systems. On an average day I focus on designing the product and liaising with various team members to develop and bring our solution to life.

“Battery storage and second-life batteries are essential to the environment and power innovative applications. As I previously worked in an industry that provided the power sources needed to extract minerals to make batteries such as Antimony, Cadmium, Cobalt, Zinc, etc, the value of these materials and their high extraction costs are obvious to me. This approach aligns with sustainability goals and reduces the strain on our environment. It’s a win-win situation.”

Ewa Bartnik, Supply Chain Coordinator

“I joined Connected Energy in 2020 and my role typically focuses on procurement, market research and supplier relationship development. My journey in STEM started as a child, I always loved science and carried this interest throughout my childhood. When it came to choosing my bachelor’s degree, it’s fair say that my father inspired this interest and championed me with my mechanical engineering and physics homework, and this led me to graduating with a BSc in Production Engineering and Management and MSc in Supply Chain and Logistics Management.”

“I am passionate about championing women in STEM – we’re great at solving multi-level problems, we think strategically and we bring value to the industry with a our creativity, diversity, and dedication. Moreover, choosing engineering as your career might provide you with the opportunity to create new technologies, improve lives, help sustain our planet, etc. There are plenty of opportunities so surely, you will find something suitable for you. You are smart, you are strong, you are capable. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that engineering is a man’s job. If you feel like this is for you, go for it.”

Anya Bramich, Head of Marketing

“I joined Connected Energy almost two years ago after spending over ten years in the electric vehicle sector. I have always been aware of the environmental impact of battery production – and it was one of the main challenges that I would hear when running campaigns to promote electric cars. So, I was watching the work that Connected Energy was doing to reuse those batteries with interest – and when the opportunity came up I jumped at the chance to be part of it.”

“I found myself in the EV industry by complete chance, having worked previously in government, tourism and the arts, however, I’ve never felt that gender was an issue. I think we’re lucky that there are some incredible, high profile women in the EV and energy sectors despite what some may consider to be male-dominated industries. And personally, I’m very lucky to work with some amazing women at Connected Energy.”

Shreya Maliwal, Data Analyst

“The main focus of my role is to provide feasibility reports for those looking to increase their renewable energy usage or manage their on-site load.

“Since childhood, I have had a deep curiosity about the environmental dynamics and new products/developments that are being created to revive the climate. Once I strengthened my analytical skills, I knew that data had a lot of potential leverage in creating positive impacts on the environment. Joining Connected Energy broadened my understanding of the EV sector’s environmental footprint, especially with the growing demand for EV vehicles as economies try to hit their net zero carbon target by 2030. Thus working with Connected Energy empowers me to provide clients with the best feasibility of installing battery storage (E-STOR) systems, increasing our sales, and also moving to a greener future.”

Shrevya Thomas, Junior Electrical Design Engineer

“My primary responsibilities so far here have been working on the Electrical Schematics and Layouts, which involves preparing the bill of materials necessary for the prototype designs that we are currently working on.

“I believe battery energy storage plays a crucial role in maintaining a balance between supply and demand on the grid by storing energy when it’s abundant and releasing it when needed. This is particularly important as the UK moves towards adopting electric vehicles entirely in the coming years, the demand for second-life batteries will also grow with this shift, and utilising these batteries in energy storage systems presents an innovative and sustainable solution.”

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