Is it really going to come from our own? Or will it come from an outsider? Perhaps one of the big tech companies, or somewhere else? How are we going to handle it?”
Maria Mingallon is a multi-award-winning structural engineer with a master in Emergent Technologies and Design from the prestigious Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. The Mott MacDonald Automation and Computational Design Global Lead is impassioned by the power of digital transformation and believes that if businesses keep resisting new technologies, they won’t survive.
But Maria says adapting to them doesn’t have to be as hard as some may think.
“Often, people completely resist learning something new because they see the change that needs to be made and it looks like such a big leap. But it’s the everyday small innovations that pave our path to the next big thing. It’s important to take a step back to see the progress you’ve made and maintain a sense of balance.”
Maria maintains her own sense of balance by practicing yoga and experimenting with 3D printing and photography in her downtime. Described by her friends as ‘passionate, brave, geeky and maybe a little crazy’, the Spanish-born New Zealand resident who holds professional engineering licences in the UK and Canada is a firm believer in the payoff of hard work - because she’s experienced it first hand.