MEng Chemical Engineering, 2016
From Aberdeen to European Commission
Your Time at Aberdeen
Why did you choose to study at Aberdeen?
I chose Aberdeen as it is the energy capital of Europe and because of its excellence in engineering as well as its practical exposure to the profession of engineering.
Why did you choose your particular course?
I have always been interested in physics and chemistry since a young age and studying chemical engineering came as a natural choice, specifically because many chemical engineers end up working in a diverse range of fields, even textiles and fashion.
What did you most enjoy about your time at Aberdeen? Did you have any particularly memorable student experiences?
I enjoyed how international it was and the possibility of gaining extracurricular experiences.
If you were involved in any clubs and societies as a student, what did you enjoy most about them and what benefit do you think they have for students?
I was very active in the Carbon School and in the Rotaract Club, a global movement of young leaders who are developing innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. I was exposed early on to the world of sustainability and philanthropy.
Did you hold any student leadership roles, e.g. Class Rep, Club Treasurer, Social Convenor?
I held many leadership roles, from Vice President of the Italian Society to Class Representative of a course in first year.
If talking to a group of prospective students, what advice would you give them to help them make the most of their time at the University of Aberdeen?
Look beyond your courses and use this experience to look around other fields you have been interested in.
Your Time After Aberdeen
What was the title of your first job after graduating from Aberdeen?
I took a Fellowship from EIT Climate-KIC and worked in Spain in a R&D company developing new generation membranes.
What is your current job title?
Policy Officer at the European Commission in Brussels.
Please briefly describe the journey from your first job after graduating to where you are now.
I used my engineering degree to gain the technical skills necessary to help the energy and industrial transition in a low carbon economy. I now use that technical knowledge to mainstream EU funding and policies.
Was your degree at Aberdeen essential for getting to where you are now? If so, in what way?
Indeed, my scientific background was pivotal in getting my role.
One Top Tip
Learn from any experience you have and develop sought-after critical thinking skills.