TEA Michaelmas Term Meeting 2019


Join the Trinity Engineers’ Association, along with current students, for an evening of mentoring and networking. Share experiences, exchange ideas, and explore how Engineering at Trinity has changed over the years. The event is supported by the Trinity Women’s Network.

Our four inspiring speakers, from across the spectrum of engineering specialities, will be discussing their own experiences in the industry. Learn how careers in engineering have changed, in this traditionally male-dominated profession, as we discuss what can be done to continue improving equality for all in engineering.

We are delighted to confirm the following four speakers:

Dr Farah Alibay (2006)Systems Engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (via videolink)

Dr Barnali Ghosh (1999) – Technical Director at Mott MacDonald

Dr Rachel Cooke (1996)Head of Central Programmes and Capability for Amazon Engineering Services Europe

Professor Joan Lasenby (1978)Professor of Image and Signal Analysis and Fellow at Trinity College

Please note that bookings are now closed for this event.

To check last-minute availability, please email alumni-events@trin.cam.ac.uk


Dr. Farah Alibay has been a Systems Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for over five years. Her primary projects while at JPL have been the InSight Mars Lander, as well as its companion mission: the Mars Cube One (MarCO) CubeSats. These missions arrived at Mars in November 2018, and Dr Alibay was both part of the team that helped build and test the spacecraft, as well as the operations team. She more recently joined the Mars 2020 team – the next rover mission to be launching for the Red Planet, primarily working on the mobility system for the rover. Prior to joining JPL, Dr. Alibay obtained BA/MEng in Aerospace and Aerothermal Engineering from Trinity College at Cambridge in 2010, followed by a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2014.

Dr Barnali Ghosh is a Technical Director at Mott MacDonald (London). She is a chartered civil engineer with specialization in Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering through her PhD at Cambridge University (Trinity College). During her distinguished career, Dr Ghosh has acted as a seismic designer and reviewer for high-profile projects around the world. Clients rely on her judgment to mitigate hazards in their projects. Her extensive practical experience comes from working in various capacities, within the industry. Formerly an honorary lecturer of University College London, Dr Ghosh now teaches earthquake courses across Europe, contributing to professional excellence. She actively propagates engineering among women through her work in different organisations.

Dr Rachel Cooke leads the European Central Engineering Programs Team for Amazon, providing support in capital planning, analytics, standards & change management for expansion projects across the EU and is a founding member of their Women in Operations European network.  Previously she led manufacturing performance measurement and operational excellence worldwide for SABMiller, who were the world’s second largest brewer by volume with over 100 operations.  Prior to working for SABMiller, Dr Cooke spent nearly ten years at Cadbury in a range of roles including engineering, manufacturing, project management and purchasing.  She has spent three years living in Poland, where she worked on the construction and commissioning of two green field confectionery factories and now lives in Luxembourg.

Professor Joan Lasenby was one of the first cohort of female undergraduates at Trinity  in 1978, where she read Mathematics. Her PhD was in Radio and Molecular Studies at the Cavendish Laboratory. She has held posts at Louisiana State University, Trinity Hall and Newnham College, Cambridge, and was elected a Fellow of Trinity in 2001.


5:00 pm


Master's Lodge
5:45 pm

Mentoring Session

Master's Lodge
6:30 pm

Panel Discussion

Master's Lodge
7:30 pm

Drinks Reception

Master's Lodge
8:00 pm


Old Kitchen
9:30 pm