Shihui Liu graduated from the MSc Control course in 2015, and works as a Senior Control Engineer at Aston Martin. Although Imperial was demanding, Shihui enjoyed all aspects of her time here and found it very inspiring.
Why did you choose Imperial as the place to follow your interest in STEM subjects?
I chose Imperial to pursue my passion for engineering not only because of the high quality of education that Imperial could offer, but also the strong connection Imperial had with international scholars and researchers.
"My advice to women students starting a career in the sector, or girls who are thinking about studying STEM — find some practical opportunities in STEM industries, companies or university laboratories as early as possible."
How did you find life at Imperial as a woman?
I think my department did pretty well in supporting women in Engineering. At Imperial I never felt being treated differently because of my gender
Who inspired you at Imperial and why?
Many professors and lecturers have inspired me when I was at Imperial. Professor Parisini who taught three of my main courses and supervised my final project inspired me the most with his professionalism, his passion for teaching and mentoring.
What is your fondest memory of your time here?
I can still remember the times when I stayed late to study at the Central Library, and I was never alone!
Please tell us about the work you’re doing now...
I am a Senior Control Engineer at Aston Martin Lagonda. I am working on control systems design for Aston Martin's next generation supercar.
How has what you learnt in the Department helped you in your career so far?
Not only solid theoretical knowledge on control systems, but also the confidence and ability to solve technical problems.
What have been your career highlights and challenges?
In a fast-changing industry, the biggest challenge is that I need to update my knowledge base all the time so as to make the best decision you can in workplace.
What advice would you give to women students starting a career in the sector, or girls who are thinking about studying STEM?
My advice would be to find some practical opportunities in STEM industries, companies or university laboratories as early as possible.
What makes you proud to be an Imperial alumna?
The name and fame of Imperial College London, the strong connection between Imperial and alumni and the ever-growing research breakthroughs Imperial researchers have made.
What one word or phrase would you use to describe Imperial alumni?