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LCE is very pleased to welcome Riya Sivaguru to the team as Design Engineer

We are pleased to announce that Riya Sivaguru has joined the team as Design Engineer as part of our latest collaboration with the Open University, through the support of Innovate UK, in respect to a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), to research and develop a ‘Right Size Design Service (RSDS)’ to prevent overdesign in building services within complex buildings as part of an extension to our MD Darren Jones PhD research.


Riya said, “I am looking forward to working for LCE, working closely with a team of experts to develop innovative solutions aimed at achieving Right Size Design Tool objectives. I will be collaborating extensively with researchers and engineers from The Open University and Low Carbon Europe to conceptualize, develop, and implement these forward-thinking solutions in the field.”


Darren Jones, our MD said, “We are delighted to welcome Riya Sivaguru who has joined us a KTP Associate to assist with the development of a new, innovative RightSize Design Service (RSDS) to reduce the oversizing of building services systems in complex buildings such as NHS hospitals, universities and schools.”


We asked Riya a couple of questions both about work and personal interests.


Why did you choose a career in the Energy and Environmental industry?


I chose to work in the Energy and Environmental industry because I have a strong passion for both construction and protecting the environment. Construction has always fascinated me with its creativity, but I'm also aware of its impact on the environment due to its heavy use of resources. This realization motivated me to find ways to balance these two interests.


My interest in renovations further fuelled my dedication to this field. I'm fascinated by the process of renovating existing structures to make them more energy-efficient and reduce their carbon footprint. In my role in Energy and Environment, I strive to turn this passion into practical solutions that promote sustainable construction practices and help preserve the environment.


Who inspires me?


I find inspiration in two amazing people: Mark Cuban and Dr. Jane Goodall.


Mark Cuban's commitment to being the best at what he does reminds me to always strive for excellence in my work as a design engineer. He shows me the importance of pushing boundaries and making a real impact in my field.


Dr. Jane Goodall's passion for protecting the environment teaches me a lot too. She works tirelessly to save endangered species and their habitats, showing us how important it is to take care of our planet. Her belief in the power of individual actions to create positive change motivates me to do my part for environmental sustainability.


Both Mark Cuban and Dr. Jane Goodall inspire me to bring dedication, creativity, and a strong sense of purpose to everything I do. They remind me that with passion, expertise, and perseverance, we can make a difference in the world.


What are you passionate about?


I'm deeply passionate about engineering, particularly in the realm of sustainable construction. My focus is on making buildings more eco-friendly by implementing energy-saving measures and utilizing environmentally friendly materials. For me, it's about building a better future where structures not only look good but also contribute positively to our planet. I hope my work inspires others to prioritize sustainability as well.


What’s the best task you are working on right now?


Currently, I'm immersed in a fascinating project called "Right Size Design." This initiative aims to optimize building systems to avoid resource wastage. I'm excited to contribute to this endeavour as it allows me to apply cutting-edge research to practical problems in sustainable design, ultimately paving the way for a greener future.


Do you have a talent or hobby you do outside of work?


Outside of work, I enjoy a range of activities that help me unwind and stimulate my creativity. These include reading, exploring new places, and indulging in diverse cuisines. Engaging in these hobbies not only brings me joy but also inspires fresh and innovative design ideas, drawing connections between different aspects of life.


What is the most exciting part about your job?


The most thrilling aspect of my job is the opportunity for personal and professional growth. Over the next year, I aim to enhance my skills as a design engineer and deepen my involvement in environmental initiatives. Striking a balance between work and personal life is also crucial to me, ensuring I can contribute meaningfully to sustainable construction practices while maintaining my well-being.


What are your personal plans/goals for the coming year? 


In the coming year, I have three primary goals. Firstly, I aspire to excel in my role as a research associate by expanding my knowledge and skills. Secondly, I'm committed to increasing my involvement in green projects, both professionally and through volunteering efforts.


Lastly, prioritizing self-care is essential to me, ensuring I maintain a healthy work-life balance to perform at my best in all endeavours. Overall, my goals for the next year are all about growing in my job, making a positive impact on the environment, and taking care of myself along the way.


Welcome to the team Riya!


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