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Spotlight: Stefani Duncan, Graduate Process Engineer at Worley

Tell us a fun fact about yourself

Before graduating, I used to be a baker! My signature bake was millionaire brownies (yum!).

Tell us about your career journey so far

I went to Mintlaw Academy, where I studied a range of subjects. I had no idea what I wanted to do when I left! I took a Girls in Energy course run by Nescol and Shell, and that inspired me to study engineering.

I studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Aberdeen. I graduated in 2019 and now I work as a Graduate Process Engineer at Worley.

What was your favourite subject in school and why?

I am a very creative person, so I loved art and design! I also really enjoyed maths – it just seemed to click with me.

What subjects/qualifications are useful in your role?

Chemistry, physics and maths. I use maths every day as calculations are a huge part of a Process Engineer’s role.

What is your favourite thing about your job?

I love the different initiatives that I can get involved with. Diversity and Inclusion is something that I am very passionate about and getting more people into STEM roles (such as engineering) is a passion of mine.

One of my favourite things about being an engineer is that every day is different. The projects you can be involved in are all so varied and present their own challenges.

What is a normal day in your role like?

A normal day in my role involves meeting with different people and doing process engineer tasks. A task could be doing some calculations - for example, sizing some equipment or how much water will be required for a process. Some other tasks could be writing a document explaining what work is going to be done in a project (a Basis of Design).

Suggest an activity that could be done at home that illustrates an aspect of your work?

I have worked on a polymer injection project. This means that we inject a non-Newtonian fluid (polymer solution) into the rock. An example of a non-Newtonian fluid in everyday household items is Cornflour. This activity does a great job of showing non-Newtonian fluid properties!


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