Nicola Asker
Mrs Nicola Asker
Network Analyst, National Grid
Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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Biography
I enjoy a challenge and studied for a joint degree in electrical and mechanical engineering. Taking my lead from my step-dad, and electrical engineer, I found my way into engineering because I enjoyed maths, physics and computing at school but didn't want to study any of these by themselves at University. I have tried out consultancy and research and had spent 18 months as a volunteer with 17 amazing Uganda children. I now work as a network analyst at National Grid, exploring how the gas transmission network will need to adapt to meet future needs in the UK. I joined the company through its graduate programme, which offered a great deal of training and experience in different parts of the business.
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Education
I studied for an MEng in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.
Latest Questions
  • Yulisa, Uplift Williams prep, dallas tx asked Nicola Asker, National Grid

    Added Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 6:26 AM

    Why did you choose electrical and mechanical? Did you ever have comments that those engineer roles were only for men?
    Related to Choosing a Degree, Electrical, Internships & Jobs, Mechanical, Opportunities/Challenges for Women
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    Nicola Asker, National Grid
    Answered Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 6:26 AM

    The main reason I chose to do electrical and mechanical engineering was that I couldn't choose between them and was told it was a much harder degree. I like a challenge. I chose engineering because I enjoyed maths and physics but wanted to use them ...

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  • John, Dar-es-Salaam asked Nicola Asker, National Grid

    Added Monday, February 1, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    My daughter is in her first year for a four year degree in Mechanical engineering. The class has two girls only and she is not yet sure if the degree is worthy for her future Your advise please
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    Nicola Asker, National Grid
    Answered Monday, February 1, 2016 at 11:57 AM
    Hi John. When I was at University I was the only girl in my course of 50 people. Luckily we shared lectures with other, similar courses which had a few more girls. It never really bothered me and it can be a plus since people are more likely to remember ...
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  • Khilawy, Egypt

    Added Friday, July 31, 2015 at 1:44 AM

    so i was just wondering if there is a linkage between communication and information engineering and software engineering, also the difference between mechanical design engineering and mechanical engineering, also the difference between electric energy engineering and electric engineering, I really need answers. Thanks in advance!
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    Nicola Asker, National Grid
    Answered Friday, July 31, 2015 at 1:44 AM
    Thanks for the question Khilawy. It seems like you already know more than most about some of the different types of engineering careers. It's hard to tell you more about these as they are still really broad. The type of work they each do will still vary ...
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