It’s great to finish up this week of celebrating #WomenInEngineering with a company who has only just recently joined the fold of HERA membership.

A big welcome to Tectonus and their Marketing Manager Anya Valyashko!

Their team is focused on driving innovation in future technology for structural resilience for earthquake protection with their RSFJ technology providing an amazing damping connection that self centers following seismic events.

It’s a really exciting journey that they’re on, and one that fits well with us at HERA and our focus on seismic research to give confidence to Kiwi’s that NZ fabricated steel products are the safest building material choice for NZ’s seismic environment and to advocate for innovation in business models.

So, we’re looking forward to coming along on the ride with Tectonus and sharing their advances with you – of which we hope Anya will keep us posted on! (No pressure Anya!).

Tectonus Marketing Manager, Anya Valyashko.

What do you love about your job?

Working alongside talented, passionate and creative people, and having an environment that supports problem solving and thinking outside the norm.

It is inspiring and motivating to be part of a team that is bringing innovation to life. Two days are rarely the same at Tectonus, and we all get our hands dirty, so it’s fun to problem solve together and see the results.


What are the key challenges facing women in Engineering?

Sometimes it takes more effort to be heard or to have your opinion taken into account. Unfortunately, some typical biases against women are still present in the workplace.

It’s nice to see this is not the case with everyone and everywhere. I’m grateful for those who have helped and are working towards eliminating these barriers and biases in the industry.


What impact do you want to make in your career?

I aspire to be part of positive change in the world – and to contribute to issues in society that ultimately lead to a better place.

Hence, being part of a company, with a vision to make an impact in protecting and saving buildings in earthquake zones, is special. I hope to see the company grow beyond New Zealand and bring the Kiwi technology to countries worldwide.