Ala, an Irish-Palestinian, has been fascinated by transport, tunnels and large infrastructure from an early age. She enjoyed learning about designing and making from her grandfather, who was a carpenter. This led to a natural curiosity about how other things like buildings and tunnels are made, and inspired her to pursue a future in engineering. She completed a Structural Engineering degree followed by a Masters degree in Transport Planning.
Having been given advice at school that didn’t reflect her interests, she wants everyone to know that they can follow their interests into engineering and that it’s accessible to everyone.