LSBU 100 - Choose to Challenge


The 7th instalment of our LSBU 100 - Women in Engineering event series sees us within the month of International Women's Day.

This years' tagline for International Women's Day is 'Choose to Challenge' which focuses on asking the world to challenge the status quo. A challenging world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. We continue to pursue a gender-equal world and by celebrating women's achievements and raising awareness against bias, we hope to inspire the next generation and make roles in STEM positions more accessible for all aspiring women.

At this event we will be hearing from female professionals in engineering on the following;

  • The roads they took to become engineers.
  • What drives their passions in their chosen fields.
  • How as a society do we all need to 'Choose to Challenge'.

The programme for this event is as follows;

  • 5pm – Zoom Intro by Dean Woodhouse - Senior Corporate Events Officer at London South Bank University
  • 5.05pm – Event Intro by Maggie Hammond - Senior Lecturer at London South Bank University
  • 5.10pm – Why creativity and using Art in STEM turning it into STEAM, is one of the ways to create environmental change by Jasmine Pradissitto - Visting Fellow of Creativity at LSBU.
  • 5.25pm – Choosing to Challenge by Abisola Ajani - Process Engineer and LSBU Alumni
  • 5.40pm – Choose to challenge: how to overcome doubt for women passionate about engineering by Alerda Dymishi - Civil Engineer and LSBU Alumni
  • 5.55pm – Panel Q&A hosted by Maggie Hammond
  • 6.25pm – Closing Statements
  • 6.30pm – Event End

Registered guests will receive the Zoom Webinar links for this event one day before the event is to commence.

To learn more about our LSBU 100 - Women in Engineering event series, please see our YouTube Playlist to view our previous events.

To find out the history over the past 100 years of Women In Engineering and LSBU, please click to see our timeline.

Once a month, the LSBU Archive team will be releasing a profile piece highlighting the achievements of Women Engineers over the past 100 years. To read these profile pieces, click the link.


Maggie Hammond is an innovative and enthusiastic senior lecturer with additional responsibilities within the School of the Built Environment and Architecture (BEA) as the lead academic on property law and ADR. She has been a course director (MSc / PgDip Quantity Surveying) and supervises masters and undergraduate dissertations and is the UCU representative for colleagues in her school.

Maggie began her first career as an advice worker at LSBU in 1988 and rose to become as the Head of Student Support before she leaving to become a Trainee Solicitor at Taylor Wessing. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1998, going on to practice at Lewis Silkin and Winkworth Sherwood as a non-contentious property and licensing lawyer, where Maggie was a highly successful advocate. Maggie left private practice in 2002 to set up her own business as an in house lawyer/specialist advocate and to teach in universities.

Maggie is also a community rugby coach (Southwark Tigers RFC), and was, amongst other things the first women chair and march leader of Pride (1989 - 91), a school governor and is a very proud mum.

Dr Jasmine Pradissitto is a London based artist, academic, scientist, speaker, and environmentalist. Her PhD is from the Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Eng. at UCL and she has also studied Fine Art at London Met and Goldsmiths College. For over 20 years, she has been speaking about the power of creative, divergent thinking to tens of thousands of children and adults from the Chelsea Open Air Nursery to The Institute of Civil Engineers. Her critical practice spans painting and sculpture and cross-connective thinking and she is the only artist in the world licensed to use NOXTEKTM, a newly developed sustainable material that absorbs nitrogen dioxide (NOx) pollution from the air. Pradissitto has exhibited worldwide including two public art projects for the Horniman Museum in London and the Camden People’s Theatre for Euston Town Green Bid, a Mayor of London environmental initiative. She is currently represented by London Gallery, Gillian Jason and her work focuses on the use of STEAM subjects to engender both personal and collective change. inst: jasmine_pradissitto

Abisola Ajani is a Process Engineer and Co-founder of BWEng (Black Women in Engineering) Network. She graduated with a First Class (hons) degree in Chemical Engineering from London South Bank University in 2015 and completed a Master's degree in Chemical and Process Engineering at University College London in 2016. Abisola currently works in Food Manufacturing however she has worked in Oil and Gas and Chemical Manufacturing.

Alerda Dyrmishi is a Civil Engineer, during her studies has covered different roles some of which being mentoring younger individuals and ICE Ambassador. She studied in Italy in her teens for then enrolling at London South Bank University and concluding with a First Class (hons )degree in Civil Engineering in 2019. Further to this accomplishment, she decided to undertake a post-graduate course at University College London. She is now about to complete an MSc in Civil Engineering with Integrated Design.