ICE QUEST scholar
Worked on project digging up a Roman graveyard to record and preserve before a road was laid on it
2018 Pitch 200 finalist - I baked rocky road in front of 150 to teach them about concrete
A day in my life
I have lectures on aspects of structural design and analysis and construction materials.
I also spend a bit of time in the concrete laboratory running second year labs and carrying out my own research.
I’m a civil engineer, but I’m also ... a science communicator, theatre lighting technician, a world changer, and a Brownie Owl.
My career inspiration
I was supposed to be a lawyer, but my physics teacher encouraged me to join his STEM team and from there I got converted.
We asked Cat…
What’s one great thing that you love about civil engineering that you didn’t know until you started working in the industry?
I had no idea how creative civil engineering was until I got to university and my first project was to build a pasta bridge.
Which civil engineering myth(s) you would like to bust?
In reality, there’s a whole range of people who are civil engineers and the diversity leads to better design.
Which civil engineering project (past or present) do you wish you’d worked on?
I wish I’d worked on the original London sewer system – it was the first time Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) was used on a project and reports say that a lot of people hoped it would fail.
Look at OPC now!
What about being a civil engineer inspires you?
Knowing that what I work on can improve people’s lives – even though they probably won’t realise.
Would you recommend a career in civil engineering?
… it’s surprising – in a good way! And you get to make a tangible difference to people’s lives.
How has civil engineering helped you overcome personal hurdles?
The ICE QUEST Scholarship has made university more affordable.
I completed my Highers and Advanced Highers at a Scottish nonselective state-funded high school and graduated with an MEng degree from Heriot-Watt University in 2019.
I do professional theatre lighting design, play clarinet, and do amateur stand-up comedy.