Yasmin Ali

Noooo!!! Well that was fun while it lasted :). Keep the questions coming!



GCSEs then Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics for A-level.


Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham.

Work History:

For the last 5, engineer for E.ON. Before that, I was a care assistant and a charity shop supervisor!

Current Job:

Development Engineer


E.ON Exploration & Production, London

Me and my work

I give YOU power by working out how to get oil and gas stuck deep underground to power stations to make electricity so you can watch TV, have hot showers and travel!!

I am part of a team working out how to get gas out of a gas field in the North Sea. We are designing a platform (see the picture below!) and pipelines to do this. That gas will be cleaned up then go to power stations to make electricity, or directly to your house for you to use for heating or cooking.

I work out how much this stuff is going to cost, and work out things that might go wrong with the project and ways to stop them from happening. It’s going to take us a few years and millions of pounds to do all this!

Outside of work I love travelling, my favourite place so far has been Malaysia. I like running, cycling, music and stand-up comedy too!

My Typical Day

Travelling, going to meetings, chatting to engineers, learning new stuff!

Normally, I’m in the office in London. Everyone is really nice and helpful and there’s an awesome food market nearby for lunch times! I have meetings with other engineers, write up reports, and calculate stuff on excel. Today I was working out how many helicopter and boat trips we will need to make to look after our future platform, and how much it will cost!

A few weeks ago I flew to Aberdeen in Scotland in the morning to meet the boss there, and flew back in the evening… that was quite a strange day! Last month I spent a few days at a conference in Belgium, learning about 3D printing. I also go into schools to meet students and talk to them about my job, and sometimes I get interviewed on the radio about engineering. As you can see it’s all quite varied.

What I'd do with the money

Make an engineering cartoon – ideas for characters welcome :)!

I want to put the £500 prize money towards making an engineering cartoon, to show young people what engineering is all about. I would love to hear your ideas for what you would like to see; from characters to the type of adventures they will have as well as a title for the cartoon!

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Short. Attention. Span.

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Alt-J and Ratatat, probably because I saw them at a music festival in Barcelona recently!!

What's your favourite food?


What is the most fun thing you've done?

Working for comedy clubs and music buskers at Edinburgh festival in 2010 for a month, so many random things happened!

What did you want to be after you left school?

I had no idea.

Were you ever in trouble at school?

I remember being in trouble for turning off the ovens in a food tech lesson. I thought I was being helpful!

What was your favourite subject at school?

I really enjoyed art, I used to spend hours drawing, paining and making stuff.

What's the best thing you've done as an engineer?

Access to random places (inside power stations, offshore rigs, cool buildings), travelling, meeting fun people, solving problems, being interviewed for TV and radio, and much more!

If you weren't an engineer, what would you be?

Blue Peter presenter, trying out lots of different new things all the time would be cool.

Tell us a joke.

Why was six scared of seven……………………………………….? Because seven ‘ate’ nine.

Other stuff

Work photos:

The red and yellow thing is Babbage gas platform, the grey one is a jack-up drilling rig and you can see the supply boat too. Location: middle of the North Sea


Me on the helideck of the Babbage platform, middle of the North Sea


Me and a tropical snowman I made on the balcony of the office, London


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