OTI: You were selected as one of the UK’s rare rising stars 2018 recently, can you tell us a bit about what this means to you?
Gladys Ngetich: I come from a very humble background and I have had to navigate a lot of challenges to get to where I am. Thus, this award means a lot to me. My hope is that by winning this award, I can inspire students with humble backgrounds like mine to follow their ambitions too.
OTI: Which area of Aerospace Engineering are you most passionate about?
Gladys Ngetich: The areas I’m most passionate about are Thermofluids and Turbomachinery.
OTI: Do you have any insights on the future of Aerospace Engineering to share with the community?
Gladys Ngetich: With the possibility of solar-powered aeroplanes, trips to Mars etc., I think the future of aerospace is very promising and exciting!
OTI: Finally, what would you say to young women from diverse backgrounds that want to become engineers?
Gladys Ngetich: It will be challenging working in an environment where you are a minority, but they should be strong and go on and pursue their dreams.
OTI: Thankyou Gladys, for such an exciting, informative and inspirational interview. We wish you all the best in your research and your career!