Meet the Team: Anna Pulo, Principal Consultant

At OWC, our teams are constantly expanding, into more locations, in expertise, and in sectors of influence, so that our people can truly drive safety and sustainability across our energy and oceans.

Our people are at the heart of what we do, and we invite you to get to know our team members so you can meet the energy behind change. This week, ahead of International Women in Engineering Day, we speak to Anna Pulo working in OWC’s wind and site team.

Position: Principal Consultant, Wind & Site

Office: OWC Netherlands

Hobbies: Hiking, traveling, eating a really good authentic spaghetti carbonara, and reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (yes, still!)

What does your day-to-day look like at OWC?

My day usually starts off with looking through emails, which I would have mostly received during non-working hours from clients and colleagues based in different time zones.

I then turn to focused analysis work which can range from doing QA of measured data, wind farm modelling, report reviews or some good old excel-based calculations. I tend to work on multiple projects, so my days are quite varied and have different challenges depending on what I’m working on at the time.

What inspired you to join the industry?

I was performing climate modelling and analysis as part of my undergrad dissertation, which I followed up with a Masters in renewable energy so it felt like a natural path to work in an engineering field that also incorporates climate considerations. But I guess my interest in renewable energy really stems from the combination of innovation, environmental impact as well as the relative youth of the industry compared to other fields.

Can you tell us about something exciting you are working on right now?

It’s hard to pin down just one project, but an interesting one is an investigation we are doing on low level jets in the North Sea region. This is particularly interesting right now because as wind turbine hub heights and rotor diameters get larger, this climate phenomenon will increasingly become an important climatic feature to deal with.

What does the future look like in energy and oceans in Europe?

Very promising! We are seeing lots of expansion in offshore wind energy in the North Sea as well as other areas in Europe that have not had as much development so far, such as in the Mediterranean sea and the Baltic sea.

It’s encouraging to see this and inspires me to keep working in this ever-changing field.

This year’s theme for INWED24 is ‘enhanced by engineering’. How do you think we can enhance opportunities in engineering for women?

I think it would be beneficial to break down stereotypes associated with engineering that create an obscure perception of the field. Engineering is indeed based within STEM topics but being an engineer also involves a host of other skills such as understanding client needs, effective communication, innovative-thinking, budget management etc. I think acknowledging and advocating that engineering covers a vast array of interesting topics and skills would encourage women to take opportunities within the field.  

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