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Selena Farris, Senior Technical Manager – Methods & Innovations

March 8, 2016

 

Selena Farris, Senior Technical Manager - Methods and Innovations

What does your day typically consist of?

My days tend to vary depending on what is going on in the department. Whether it is a brain storming session to come up with a new way of doing things, checking in with our various technical methodology working groups, or lending a hand to the commercial team, there is always something interesting on the go.

What do you enjoy most about your role?
I am in the unique position where I have a somewhat R&D focused role while working in industry; this keeps the job interesting and lets me use the skills I picked up in university on a daily basis. I also love working with a team of smart and innovative analysts who constantly keep me on my toes.

How did you get into the role in the first place?
I have worked in the industry for several years in Canada and the United States. I decided it was time for a change in scenery, so I started looking for roles in Europe. Having familiarity with Natural Power’s reputation in the wind industry, I reached out, and fortunately, they were looking to hire someone with my experience in the North American market.

What is your degree and /or professional qualification?
I hold a BSc in atmospheric science and oceanography and an MSc in atmospheric science with a specialisation in wind energy from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

What is the most interesting type of work you have done and why?
One of my first responsibilities when I started was to undertake a validation study on our pre-construction energy yield assessment methodology. This gave me a better appreciation for the accuracy of our pre-construction methodologies.

What is your biggest achievement at work?
The results of the validation study proved to be extremely positive and have allowed us to demonstrate our accuracy to our existing clients and has opened up new markets for us.

Any hidden talents?
I am a big fan of data visualisation; I believe you can reach a much wider audience if the presentation of your technical data looks interesting. I like to think I have a knack for making our data look as visually pleasing, as it is technically savvy.

What is your favourite hobby?
I love hiking (or hill walking) in the Scottish Wilderness. Coming from the Pacific Northwest, the highlands are so different to anything I am used to. Definitely new to my hiking attire is a good pair of wellies!

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