Arup develops sustainable water systems


Engineers make the future a better place

Arup's Tamara Mustafa designs sustainable water systems for recycling rainwater.

Name: Tamara Moustafa 
A Levels: Maths, Physics, ICT, English Lit (AS-level)
Degree: Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering (MSc)
Job Title: Graduate Environmental Services Engineer

Born and Raised in London from a family of Middle Eastern descent, Tamara attended the University of Surrey where she studied her BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering degree and Chalmers University of Technology where she studied my MSc degree in Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering, after realising in high school that she wanted to be part of shaping a better world.

Making the future a better place

Tamara designs for sustainable water systems in buildings that focus on recycling rain, grey and black water to conserve energy and water used. Systems are encouraged to assess demand volumes in order to supply the appropriate amount and reduce wastage. Designing in harmony with the natural environment and hydrology is of utmost interest and importance.

Tamara believes an interest in the natural systems of the world s key for an engineer. Being open-minded, able to communicate with others clearly, driven to find solutions and being able to listen and take in information/opinions is key.

Engineering is cool

Engineers harness the natural elements to promote an enriched lifestyle. In engineering there's always room for growth and development - and there's no right answer to anything. Engineers enable humanity and nature to thrive.

"I participated in a series of workshops during my placement year that focused on international humanitarian aid held at the Royal Academy of Engineering and hosted by EWB and RedR. I was a volunteer for the British Red Cross in their GIS mapping team for 6 months. I was the president of the Engineers without Borders society at the University of Surrey. Through this scheme I volunteered to help renovate a school in a rural village in Armenia with a non-profit, non-political organisation called DAC (Armenian Diaspora Connection).  It is amazing that our industry enables us to make a positive impact on so many lives," explains Tamara.

"Our world is governed by masculine and feminine energy - a balance is always a good place to aim to be at. The engineering world is no different," says Tamara.

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