Dr Ozak Esu, IET Young Woman En­gi­neer of the Year

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Nigel ather­ton, editor

Nikon Z 7, 35mm, 1/80sec at f/2.8, ISO 1600 I’ve done a lot of trav­el­ling this year and taken some pleas­ing travel pho­tos, but that’s my nat­u­ral genre. Re­cently I de­cided to challenge my­self and work on my por­trait pho­tog­ra­phy skills. With that in mind I’ve been look­ing out for in­ter­est­ing and in­spir­ing sub­jects.

Dr Ozak Esu came to the UK from Nige­ria to study elec­tronic and elec­tri­cal engineering in 2008, mo­ti­vated by the be­lief that world poverty can be erad­i­cated through engineering and the em­pow­er­ment of women. The work she did for her PhD in Wind En­ergy and Ad­vanced Sig­nal Pro­cess­ing will ben­e­fit the UK wind en­ergy in­dus­try and greatly re­duce the cost of run­ning wind tur­bines. In her day job she now de­signs smart build­ings and homes and in her spare time she tu­tors un­der­priv­i­leged kids in Maths. At the ten­der age of just 27, she has been named one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering un­der 35 by The Tele­graph and was the 2017 IET Young Woman En­gi­neer of the Year.

I met her as a fel­low judge of the IET Pho­tog­ra­phy Com­pe­ti­tion (see AP 1 De­cem­ber is­sue) and had the chance to pho­to­graph her at the awards cer­e­mony at the Sci­ence Mu­seum in Lon­don.

I ar­rived early to scout for a suit­able back­drop, and when she ar­rived in that red jacket I knew im­me­di­ately that the back­lit blue wall in the ‘Engineering the Fu­ture’ gallery would pro­vide the per­fect con­trast. With the am­bi­ent light level quite low I was grate­ful I had a fast prime lens and a Ro­to­light NEO 2 LED light in my bag. I di­alled the colour tem­per­a­ture on the NEO 2 down to about 3,600K to en­hance the con­trast with the blue wall, at­tached a screwed-up piece of bub­ble wrap to the front to soften the light a bit, and com­man­deered some­one to hold it for me in the right po­si­tion. With only a few min­utes to work and hav­ing to think on the hoof I’m pleased with the re­sult.

I also pho­tographed Ozak in front of the big ‘Engineering your Fu­ture’ sign, which from an ed­i­to­rial per­spec­tive tells her story bet­ter, but on a purely aes­thetic level I pre­fer this one.

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