Science and the City

Ailie MacAdam, The Big Dig and female engineers

This week, I met Ailie MacAdam, Senior VP and MD of the global rail division of Bechtel. I was introduced to her by the awesome Peter MacLennan from Crossrail, who thought that I might like to meet a female engineer who has played a leading role on huge civil engineering projects. Ailie is a chemical engineer by training, and joined Bechtel directly on...


Tunnels are never boring...

I know I promised to write a blog post about my trip down the Crossrail tunnels at Tottenham Court Road, but you’ll have to forgive me and accept this photo gallery as a consolation prize! Like everyone, I have lots to wrap up before Christmas, and transcribing the audio recording hasn’t happened quite yet! I promise I’ll get to it eventually...


I'm a Crossrail fangirl

** WARNING – this post may make you a little bit jealous ** The thing I’m most enjoying about writing my book is the fact that I now have a completely valid excuse to be an engineering fangirl 🙂 ….not that I need an excuse, but I definitely experience fewer raised eyebrows when I talk transport these days. Anyway. in the past few months,...


Science and the City

Well, I’m finally coming to terms with the fact that I am writing a book (if you missed the news, read my post here). I’m filling every spare minute with writing (the book + my freelance stuff for Materials Today), so you can imagine I’m great craic to be around at the moment! Still, I’m loving it. Writing the book has given me an excuse...


Exciting (if surreal) News

Hi everyone! Firstly, forgive me. I know I have been completely useless of late. I’ve been going through some sad times, which I’m not going to talk about. But I thought I should tell you guys about some VERY EXCITING news. I HAVE A BOOK DEAL!!!!!!!!!! Yep, it still feels weird writing that. Totally surreal. But it is all true. Just over a month ago,...