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Jaz Rabadia MBE

Energy and Environmental Technology and Economics
Jaz Rabadia

Jaz's course prepared her for a role at a global coffee company.

Starbucks

We are committed to producing the highest quality coffee in the world. From our beginnings as a single store nearly forty years ago, in every place that we’ve been, and every place that we touch, we've tried to make it a little better than we found it.

Jaz discovered her passion for energy whilst studying on the BEng Mechanical Engineering degree at City, University of London. She saw how engineering could be applied to make buildings, organisations and processes more energy-efficient and decided to undertake the part-time MSc in Energy and Environmental Technology and Economics at City whilst working as Energy Manager at Sainsbury's.

After completing my undergraduate degree at City, I was certain it was the right place for me to continue on as a postgraduate. City's facilities are top of the range and, with City being located in the heart of London, it allowed me to combine working and studying.

The course was great as it gave me access to industry experts and helped me understand how energy management could be applied in the workplace. I loved the diverse mix of students in my lectures as it helped to build a global picture of the energy challenges we are facing.

Jaz's personal highlight on the course was carrying out her major project, 'Sustaining the Saving of Sainsbury's Reset Energy Project'.

It was fantastic combining my job with studies. It gave real meaning to the project and benefited the project team at Sainsbury's too. I had great support from my university sponsor and learnt loads.

Jaz is now the Senior Manager of Energy and Initiatives at Starbucks and was the youngest person in the UK to be awarded chartered energy manager status by the Energy Institute. In 2015, she was elected onto their Board of Trustees. Jaz also volunteers as a STEM Ambassador, reaching out to schools and college to promote the engineering and energy sector as a career path.

Starbucks is a massive global brand, and we have the potential to make a real positive impact on the environment. I hope by telling my story I can show how engineering isn't just about hard hats and spanners, but equally is about creativity and sustainability.

Also among those who have been recognised in the Queen's 2016 New Year Honours list was Jaz Rabadia, who was made a Member of the British Empire. Jaz was awarded the MBE in recognition of her contribution to sustainability in the energy management sector and diversity in the STEM sectors.

I was very humbled to have been recognised in the New Year Honours list. My initial reaction was disbelief that I had even been nominated, it’s great to be recognised in this way and I am looking forward to meeting the Queen.

Why did you choose to study at City, University of London?

For me, location and reputation were key. City, University of London offers both of those things and has a great employability rate. I was able to find a job in industry straight after my degree and fantastic support from City staff in presenting me with opportunities.

What did you enjoy most about your course?

The course provided me with the toolkit needed to make it in industry. I really enjoyed the high calibre speakers and in depth debates we had during seminars. Energy presents social, political and economic challenges on a global scale and it was brilliant to deep dive into these.

What has been your career highlight after graduating?

I've had many highlights working in the energy sector. I first joined the Energy Institute after a lecturer recommended it on my course. Since then I have worked towards chartered status and was recently awarded Young Energy Professional of the Year. I now serve on the board of trustees for the Institute.

I am indebted to the support City, University of London has provided me and as a small token of appreciation, I often come back to lecture on energy courses and take part in career events.

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