Sustainability Toolkit – Contributor biographies

The EPC’s Sustainability Toolkit is supported by Siemens and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to making the Toolkit such a useful and vital resource.
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Contributor biographies

Lemelson / Engineering for One Planet

Cindy Anderson (she/her/hers) is the founder and CEO of Alula Consulting and is a sustainability consultant. Cindy specializes in innovative sustainability- and online-focused research and curriculum projects for academic institutions, non-profits, government and corporations.

Cindy has taught thousands of people through courses and workshops, around the world and online, in the fields of biology, sustainability and biomimicry. She is honored to be a collaborative partner on the Engineering for One Planet (EOP) initiative since its inception and serves as a Strategy Consultant for EOP. She is co-author of the EOP Framework and new framework companion teaching guides, and active EOP Network Member.

Cindy holds a MS from Oregon State University, a MEd from Griffith University (Queensland, Australia), and a BSc in biology from the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada).

SJ Cooper-Knock PhD 
 University of Sheffield

Sustainability Toolkit contributor.

Emma Crichton CEng MICE
Engineers Without Borders UK

Sustainability Toolkit contributor.

Pamela Dugdale Ph.D
Further Education Teacher

Sustainability Toolkit contributor.

Laura Fogg-Rogers
University of the West of England

Dr Laura Fogg-Rogers is Associate Professor for Engineering in Society at UWE Bristol, researching and teaching about community engagement with technology for the net zero transition. She is a social psychology scholar researching competence development (knowledge, attitudes, behaviour) and underpinning social identity and values for more effective communication. Laura led the Engagement, Dissemination and Ethics Work Package for the €6.7 million ClairCity project (EU H2020 689289 – Citizen-led Air Pollution Reduction in Cities 2016-2020) in six cities/regions across Europe. She also delivered and evaluated the €1.9 million citizen science project WeCount (EU SwFS 87274 – Citizens Observing Urban Transport 2019-2021. Laura manages the Science Communication Unit (SCU) team organising science outreach for schools in the West of England through the Curiosity Connections network and the Inspire Sustainability education programme, reaching over 20,000 young people. The team embed equity and inclusivity into their work, with a tiered mentoring programme for women under-represented in engineering, and support for young people from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

Wendy Fowles-Sweet
University of the West of England

Wendy Fowles-Sweet leads on Engineering Professionalism in the School of Engineering at UWE. Previously she worked as a principal quality assurance engineer and change manager in Aerospace and was a Chartered Engineer for 23 years. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Wendy has run project, placement and professionalism modules across the School. Additionally, she is the School’s Co-ordinator for Engineering Degree Apprenticeships, and has a range of industry links with employers across the Advanced Engineering sector. She has a keen interest in developing the professionalism of engineers, to support graduate attributes and the transition from academia to industry.

Professor Jarka Glassey FREng CEng FIChemE PFHEA
Newcastle University

Director of Education, School of Engineering

Dr Sarah Jayne Hitt SFHEA
Engineering Professors’ Council, NMITE, ENU (Project Manager for the Sustainability Toolkit)

Sarah Jayne Hitt, Ph.D. SFHEA specialises in the integration of the arts, humanities and social sciences within engineering education, especially focussing on ethics and communication.

She has served as project manager for the EPC’s Ethics and Sustainability Toolkit initiatives, is Transferable Skills Lead for the Centre for Advanced Timber Technology at NMITE and is Visiting Professor in the School of Computing, Engineering, and the Built Environment at Edinburgh Napier University.

She has led national and international workshops on interdisciplinary learning and teaching and worked with academic and industry partners on various engineering education initiatives. She has recent publications in the International Journal of Engineering Education and The Journal of Problem-Based Learning in Higher Education.

Professor Ioannis Ieropoulos
Southampton University

Sustainability Toolkit contributor.

Aditya Johri
George Mason University

Sustainability Toolkit contributor.

Dr. Irene Josa
University College London

Dr. Irene Josa is a Research Fellow at the Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering Department at UCL. She is currently working on environmental and social life cycle assessment of circularity strategies in construction. Irene holds a BSc and MSc in Civil Engineering, a MSc in Human Rights and a PhD in Construction Engineering.

She is interested in interdisciplinary research at the intersection between engineering and socio-environmental systems. She believes in sustainable engineering as key for making this world a better place by improving people’s quality of life and solving several of today’s most important global challenges. She is also an EPC Ethics Ambassador.

Dr Gill Lacey MIEEE, FHEA
Teesside University

Dr Gill Lacey is a Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering, MIEEE (2012), MIET (2017). Her focus is low carbon technologies, especially Smart Grid and the effect of EV charging on networks. She runs courses around decarbonising the electricity grid and renewable energy, together with entry level 3 courses designed to equip students with the relevant skills for undergraduate engineering. Partnerships with industry, such as offshore wind installers, community energy charities and local entrepreneurs, make the courses relevant, interesting and aspirational.

She is passionate about sustainable technologies; with rooftop solar, domestic storage, and a driver of electric vehicles for ten years, this is more than a job, it is a way of life. She is also an EPC Ethics Ambassador.

Maryam Lamere, PGCert, MPhil, MEng 
University of the West of England

Maryam had an early career in Research & Development (R&D) of sustainable technologies, including an electromagnetic stove from a £2 million consortium between Practical Action and the University of Nottingham in 2010 and a metallic flywheel commercialised today through a university spin-out supported by a £545,000 grant from the UK Office for Zero Emission Vehicles. Maryam’s PhD now focusses on Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP’s) as enabler of effective technology transfer. During her two-year Action Research on the Bristol Bioenergy Centre (BBiC)’s PEE POWER ®, she pioneered KTP’s with R&D institutions and non-profit organisations in Africa and Europe. Maryam has over 12 years’ experience as an Academic and her work has paved the way for best practices in teaching Engineering for Sustainable Development at UWE. She has published several articles on those best practices and was featured Engineering Without Borders Changer Maker.

Marianthi Leon
University of the West of England

Sustainability Toolkit contributor.

Dr Lampros Litos
Cranfield University

Sustainability Toolkit contributor.

Diana Adela Martin
University College London

Sustainability Toolkit contributor.

Ema Muk-Pavic (CEng, FRINA, SFHEA)
University College London

Ema Muk-Pavic (CEng, FRINA, SFHEA) is an Associate Professor at University College London (UCL) and holds the role of Departmental tutor (PGT) at UCL Mechanical Engineering. In her educational leadership role, she focuses on engineering education, Sustainability and D&I in HE Sector. She contributes to engineering council efforts for the global mobility of engineers worldwide. She joined UCL in 2011 bringing 15 years of international commercial experience in maritime sector including R&D, consultancy and shipyards.

Mike Murray BSc (Hons) MSc PhD AMICE SFHEA
University of Strathclyde

Mike Murray is Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. Mike is Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and was awarded best Teacher in the Faculty of Engineering (2014); Most Innovative University Teacher (2018) at the University Teaching Excellence awards, and winner of the Faculty of Engineering Excellence in Supporting Students (2021) award. He has contributed to journals such as Teaching in Higher Education, Higher Education Pedagogies, and the European Journal of Engineering Education.

Peter Mylon MEng PhD CEng
University of Sheffield

Pete Mylon is a Senior University Teacher at the University of Sheffield. He is a National Teaching Fellow, Principal Fellow of the HEA and Fellow of the IMechE, specialising in Making, makerspaces and student-led learning, as well as teaching engineering design and CAD. He has worked with many institutions across the world to support them in creating and growing makerspaces, from universities in Malaysia to refugee camps in Jordan. In 2017, he created the iForge, the UK’s first student-led makerspace. He also oversees the approximately 20 student-led co-curricular activities in the Faculty of Engineering, involving more than 800 students. He co-founded Hackcessible, the international hackathon that sees students working alongside disabled people to solve real life challenges through designing and building assistive technology. He is passionate about student-led learning and providing opportunities for students to work across disciplines and gain real-world experience.

Onyekachi Nwafor

Onyekachi Nwafor is a seasoned professional in the field of renewable energy and energy transition, with a strong passion for sustainability and driving the transition towards a low-carbon economy. He is currently the CEO of KatexPower. His expertise includes designing and implementing solar PV systems to provide clean and sustainable energy services to off-grid and underserved communities.

Onyekachi is also the membership manager for Western Africa at the Global Waste Cleaning Network, advocating for environmental protection and waste management. With a background in electrical engineering, green energy, and climate finance, he is also a certified energy transformation expert. He has actively participated in various international conferences and workshops, where he shares his knowledge and experiences with industry experts and institutions. He is also an EPC Ethics Ambassador.

Crystal Nwagboso
Engineering Professors’ Council

Crystal Nwagboso is a Project Manager, Research and Editorial Executive/Analyst at the Engineering Professors’ Council. She is responsible for project managing the creation of the new EPC website, conducting tasks such as WordPress backend & frontend CRM/CMS testing, and collaborating with external website developers. She also leads development meetings, formulates agendas, minutes, and action logs on a weekly basis, analyses data, and is in charge of a project management platform and various spreadsheet logs to document and monitor tests. She is proficient in using HTML coding and has utilised Python programming language software. Crystal was also involved in the now-completed, website content migration process.

In conjunction with this, Crystal also formulates, proofreads, and revises material for the website and has created a user manual outlining the technical intricacies of the website.

Crystal is also working on the development of the EPC’s Siemens and RAEng funded Sustainability Toolkit project, which she has been involved in since the beginning phases. She is in charge of conducting research, analysing data, providing project management and executive support, designing all Sustainability Toolkit pages on EPC Online, formatting contributions, creating a database of existing engineering resources for sustainability, and is an active member of the Sustainability Toolkit Steering Group.

Additionally, Crystal assists the executive team with a plethora of tasks including planning and coordinating events, scheduling and setting up Zoom webinars and meetings, liaising with over 8,000 EPC members in the database; ensuring all members are informed of the latest developments at the EPC and initiating discussions, conducting research analysis for upcoming projects, updating the EPC’s database and social media channels, social media marketing, assisting with the relaunch of the EPC’s newsletter, minute taking, composing press releases and more.

Crystal graduated from Kings College London and has a degree in English Language and Linguistics.

Dr Rebecca Raper
Cranfield University

Sustainability Toolkit contributor.

Dr Manoj Ravi FHEA
University of Leeds

Sustainability Toolkit contributor.

Neil Rogers
Independent Scholar

Sustainability Toolkit contributor.

Professor Manuela Rosa
University of Algarve, Institute of Engineering

Manuela Rosa graduated in Civil Engineering (University of Lisbon), holds a M.Sc. in Renovation of Architectural and Landscape Heritage (University of Évora) and a Ph.D. in Land Use Planning and Environmental Strategies (University of Seville). She is Coordinator Professor at Institute of Engineering of University of Algarve, where she lectures Sustainability, Sustainable Urbanism, Sustainable Mobility and Inclusive Design. She was the scientific coordinator of the Project – Accessibility for all in Tourism (2017-2019) and the co-coordinator of the Project SusTowns – Enhancing SUStainable tourism attraction in small fascinating med TOWNS (2019-2022). She is also Engineering Ethics Toolkit contributor and EPC Ethics Ambassador.

Dr. Jemma L. Rowlandson
University of Bristol

Sustainability Toolkit contributor.

Cigdem Sengul, Ph.D FHEA
Brunel University

Cigdem Sengul is a Reader in Computer Science at Brunel University, where she teaches Sustainable Development Goals integrated within Undergraduate Computer Science and Business Computing Software Projects. As the co-lead of the Computer Science for Social Good Research Group, she is dedicated to leveraging technology for positive societal impact. Her current research focuses on usable security and the development of trustworthy systems, particularly for smart home and healthcare applications. Her work aims to enhance transparency, accountability, and controllability for users, ensuring their safety and privacy. Cigdem has also been an active participant in the IETF ACE (Authentication and Authorization in Constrained Environments) standardization working group since 2016 in an effort to foster a more secure Internet of Things ecosystem. She is a Fulbright Fellow (2001).

Dr. Rehan Shah
Queen Mary University of London

Dr. Shah is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Mathematics and Engineering Education at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) with research interests in applied mathematics (nonlinear dynamics, analytical mechanics and mathematical modelling) as well as mathematics and engineering education pedagogy.

He is also the School Lead for Inclusive Scholarship for the Centre for Academic Inclusion in Science and Engineering (CAISE) at QMUL, the Research Seminars Coordinator, Centre for Research in Engineering and Materials Education (CREME)and a Research Integrity Champion for the Queen Mary Research Integrity Committee (RIC). In addition to this, he is also an Associate Member of the UCL Centre for Engineering Education (CEE) and serves as the Co-Chair of the Ethics Ambassador Community for the Engineering Professors Council (EPC).

He completed his PhD in Applied Mathematics (Nonlinear Dynamics) at University College London (UCL), where he also taught on a wide range of courses in mathematics, physics and engineering for which he received several teaching excellence awards. In addition to this, he is an accredited Fellow (FHEA) of the UK Higher Education Academy and has also been a Guest Mathematics Teacher at the London School of Economics (LSE).

Prior to this, he taught GCSE and A-Level Mathematics as a full-time secondary school teacher at several independent schools across London. He also has an MSc in Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing from the University of Oxford (St. Anne’s College) and a BEng in Mechanical Engineering with Business Finance from UCL.

Dr Homeira Shayesteh BSc MArch PhD PGCertHE SFHEA ACIAT
Middlesex University

Dr Homeira Shayesteh is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture & BIM at Middlesex University. She received her PhD from Bartlett UCL where she also worked as post-doctoral researcher and design tutor. She was part of the delivery team of Digital Built Britain contributing to the UK government construction strategy. She held an EPSRC Knowledge Exchange Associate Grant with Autodesk looking into BIM and Digital Twin data flow across the construction life cycle. She is passionate about integrating digital innovations and sustainability into curriculum co-design and initiated embedding the UNSDGs on programme level at Middlesex University in 2021. She was runner up for Guardian Education Award in the category of Teaching and Learning Excellence in 2020 and finalist in London Sustainable Construction award in 2020. In addition to research in education of sustainability, her research interest lies in applied data-driven approaches to sustainable, regenerative, and inclusive architecture/urbanism and from the users’ point of view. She has many publications in peered reviewed journals and presented in prestigious conferences such as UK Higher Education Conference and Advance HE Sustainability Symposium.

Dr Gilbert Tang
Cranfield University

Sustainability Toolkit contributor.

Dr Jonathan Truslove MEng PhD
Engineers Without Borders UK

Sustainability Toolkit contributor.

Dr Lucy Yeomans
University of Exeter

Dr Lucy Yeomans is a Lecturer of Education at the University of Exeter. Their research and teaching focusses on the reproduction of social inequalities in education, particularly STEM education, with a particular interest in the role of social class. Current research explores how pedagogies and the broader culture of STEM fields act to exclude those from underrepresented backgrounds. Lucy has worked on a number of interdisciplinary STEM education projects, including the ASPIRES project (ESRC), Unkindest Cut (Arts Council/Wellcome Trust), and Road-STEAMer (Horizon Europe).

Jing Zhao Ph.D. FHEA
University of West of England

Dr. Zhao is Senior Lecturer in Architecture at University of West of England. She gained her PhD at University of Edinburgh. Her research has a focus on investigating the social, technical and organisational changes in the transition to Net Zero in the Housing sector, and their policy implications. Human-centred, place-based approach, as well as co-production and collaboration are the core of her research activities. She is an expert on Passivhaus, occupant behaviour and behaviour change, as well as user engagement and support. She adopts research-based approach to curriculum design and uses gamification and role-play in her teaching.


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