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World Engineering Day: Nina

Introducing Nina Shea, whose passion for problem-solving and a drive to make a difference has made her a valuable contributor to the industry.

Nina holds the position of Senior Engineer for Building Services & Sustainability and has been an esteemed member of the Steensen Varming team for the past three years with her career spanning almost a decade of experience in the industry.

Nina readily takes on new challenges and seeks opportunities for growth.  In her three years with us, she has worked in multiple studio locations, including Hong Kong and London, and is set to relocate to our Sydney studio later this year to further develop her professional skills and contribute to our team’s success.

We asked Nina what her favorite part about being an engineer is. She shared about the fulfilment she finds in problem-solving as each project presents unique challenges that require creative and analytical thinking. Her passion for mathematics and logic helps her navigate complex design and technical issues. As an engineer she enjoys engaging with a diverse range of people, from clients to fellow professionals, fostering learning and growth through shared insights. 

Engineers play a crucial role in many industries, from building and infrastructure to energy and environmental projects. As society becomes increasingly aware of the impact that human activities have on the planet, sustainability has become an increasingly important focus for many engineers.

From designing buildings that minimize energy consumption and waste, to developing new technologies that reduce our environmental impact, engineers are at the forefront of the sustainability movement.
While the pursuit of sustainability can come with a higher price tag, the long-term benefits are clear. Engineers must balance the need for cost effective solutions with the desire to make a positive impact on the environment and society.

“Engineers are everywhere,” Nina says, “with the sustainability aspect of the industry being an interesting move forward.”  

The issue of gender balance in the engineering industry is one that has been long-standing and persistent. With the field being predominantly male dominated, it is important to explore ways to encourage more women to pursue careers in engineering. During our interview, we asked Nina for her thoughts on this matter and what steps we can take to promote gender diversity in the industry.

Nina highlighted the importance of visibility and representation, stating that having more women in visible roles within the industry would inspire and encourage other to pursue engineering as a career. She also emphasized the need for strong female role models who can demonstrate that a successful career in engineering is attainable for women.

Nina’s perspective on this issue aligns with the broader conversation surrounding the importance of diversity and inclusivity in the engineering industry. As an organization, we recognize the need for a diverse workforce and are committed to promoting gender diversity and providing equal opportunities for all. We believe that by fostering a culture of inclusivity and promoting the visibility of women in engineering, we can create a more equitable and vibrant industry that is better equipped to tackle the challenges of the future.