Susana fell in love with Scotland when she was sent to Aberdeen to
undertake an MSc in safety and reliability in the oil and gas industry
by her then sponsors, the National Hydrocarbon Agency (ANH) of Colombia
and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation. Her time on this course also made
her start to reflect on the implications of climate change and the role
she could play in addressing it.
As an electrical engineer with 12 years’ experience in the oil and gas
industry, Susana wanted to find a project sponsor who could make use of
this knowledge. She found this in JBA, a consultancy that applies its
knowledge of the offshore industry to construction, operations and
maintenance in offshore renewable energy. Her project is taking existing
generic methodologies and tools used by developers during construction
and installation of fixed offshore wind structures and extending these
for use on floating installations.
multi-disciplinary Centre brings together diverse areas of expertise to
train engineers and scientists with the skills, knowledge and
confidence to tackle current and future offshore renewable energy
challenges. The strategic direction of the programme is guided by an
Industrial Steering Board comprising representatives from professional
bodies, employers and regulators. EngD students on the programme (called
Research Engineers) undertake advanced training in technical skills and
competencies as well as transferable skills such as project management,
innovation management, and team working. Alongside this they undertake a
challenging and original research project at PhD level.