One of the many benefits of being a Professional Member or Fellow of the Institute is being able to qualify for registration as Chartered Engineer (CEng) with the Engineering Council, Chartered Scientist (CSci) with the Science Council, and as Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) with the Society for the Environment. Associate Members can qualify as Incorporated Engineers (IEng) and Registered Scientists (RSci). Technician Members can qualify as Engineering Technicians (EngTech) and Registered Science Technicians (RSciTech). Eligibility for registration is assessed by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining on behalf of the Engineering Council, Science Council and the Society for the Environment, and is available to those who have produced evidence of relevant qualifications, training and experience.
During 2016, we have held numerous clinics to advise on the process involved in professional qualifications. Dr Maya Shinozaki, CEng MIMMM attended one of the clinics held this year and became Chartered as a result. Maya is a structural engineer in Arup’s Advanced Technology and Research Group. Prior to joining Arup, she completed a PhD in Materials Science at the University of Cambridge, UK, where she used fracture mechanics to analyse the failure behaviour of plasma-sprayed ceramic coatings used in jet engines to protect the turbine blades. After completing the PhD, she also conducted a brief post-doctoral research sponsored by Tata Steel and Monitor Coatings. Since starting at Arup in September 2013, Maya’s primary focus has been on modelling complex nonlinear dynamic responses of structures using LS-DYNA. Through her projects at Arup she has gained experience in a number of key areas including offshore, nuclear and seismic engineering. She is also developing an interest and building expertise around helping clients select materials in order to optimise occupant wellbeing. She is normally based in London, but is currently on a long-term international assignment for two years in the Arup Shanghai, China office, to enhance both her technical and business development skills.
Maya commented, ‘Chartership is highly valued within my firm and so since joining I have always seen it as an important step in my career. I also found that the process of preparing for application and the interview involved reflection on all aspects related to engineering as a profession. I found this to be a very useful exercise in order to be mindful of all qualities that make a good engineer, and this is something that I will carry forward with me on every project. I feel that I am now better prepared to tackle both technical and ethical engineering challenges. I attended a membership clinic held at the Institute in London, which I found very useful. At the time I was close to having prepared all the paperwork required and I was given good advice withregards to the final push for submission.’