Category Archives: Zone Reports

Millisecond Zone Report – November 2018

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The Millisecond Zone has been possible due to extra capacity from contributions from NCOP consortia. This was a general zone and featured six engineers:

  • Sophie Rimmer is a PhD student researching how we can make machines waste less energy
  • Pauline Issard is the director and CEO of Trackener; a company revolutionising horse care with technology
  • Michelle Hands is a construction site engineer who shows those on site where and how to build things
  • Henry Watts, the winner of this zone, turns cutting edge research into a set of physical products to be installed in submarines and ships
  • Fidel Olaye is an electrical engineer working at Mott Macdonald, where he works on various road and highway design projects
  • Chris Neale builds and designs virtual cloud storage spaces for customers of DXC.technology

Students in this zone were very interested in finding out what it is like to be an engineer, asking lots of questions about careers and education options for engineering jobs. They also wanted to know about the engineers’ hobbies and what they did with their spare time (sometimes being shocked to learn they have free time at all!).

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Space Zone Report – November 2018

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The Space Zone was a themed zone supported by the UK Space Agency and featured six engineers:

  • Samuel Bancroft works in the tech team at Earth-i and develops code to process data from live satellites
  • Robson Witts is an apprentice at Oxford Space Systems and creates deployable satellite structures for the space industry
  • Reshma Vora is a product application specialist at NAVBLUE and uses techniques to predict the availability of GPS to help pilots navigate
  • Raam Shanker is the founder of Equitus Engineering Ltd, making parts for rockets that are sent to space
  • K-Jo O’Flynn, this zone’s winner, is also an apprentice at Oxford Space Systems, where she builds antennas and other space technologies
  • Alison Dufresne is a propulsion and systems engineer at Deep Space Industries where she designs and build rocket engines

The students in this zone were keen to hear about the different paths the engineers took to get to their current roles, especially interested in K-Jo and Robson’s experience getting an apprenticeship. K-Jo is the youngest ever winner of I’m an Engineer, and at 17 she was closer in age to the students than to most of the other engineers in the zone. The students engaged well with her and could relate to her more recent experiences.

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Artificial Body Zone Report – June 2018

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The Artificial Body Zone was supported by Wellcome, with six engineers taking part.

  • Sufia is looking at the metals used for vaccination needles, and figuring out ways to make them less painful when inserted into the body
  • Sophie is a medical research engineer using 3D printing to make metal bones
  • Ian is a PhD researcher who designs surgical implants to help people with joint-related injuries
  • Chung Han is undertaking a PhD, currently testing different upper-limb prosthesis designs using a virtual simulation
  • Cat works as a clinical scientist in a hospital developing new pieces of medical equipment to improve patient care
  • Boris, the winner of the zone, is a PhD student using machine learning techniques to teach a robot how to process visual sign language
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Space Zone Report – June 2018

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The Space Zone was supported by the UK Space Agency with six engineers from upstream and downstream fields of the space industry taking part.

  • Xu is an ecologist and Earth observation scientist using satellites to take pictures of Earth and telling people about what those pictures may mean
  • Leah-Nani helps to build scientific instruments that go on spacecraft to explore the solar system
  • Kathryn is computer modelling a precise, low gravity clock to be installed on the International Space Station
  • Ian is CEO at Goonhilly Earth Station, a company that communicates with space ships and satellites
  • Hina is working to make the information we collect from satellites in space useful for people on Earth and to make our life on Earth better
  • Andrew (the winner of this zone) is an electronics engineer who designs equipment such as cameras and propulsion systems for spacecraft
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Millimetre Zone Report – March 2018

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The Millimetre Zone was a general engineering zone funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, with six engineers working in a variety of areas:

    • Vix designs water and sewage treatment centres
    • Rhys is responsible for safety and technical management of the NATO submarine rescue system
    • Josh designs and makes instruments used by scientists for precision measurements
    • Demi, the winner in this zone, helps her company to win more work in the rail sector
    • Clare looks after the blades of wind turbines
    • Andrew is a project manager for Yorkshire Water

Nearly two thirds of questions in this zone were about careers and education with students showing a real interest in the different career paths the engineers had taken, such as why Demi had chosen to give up being an athlete to become an engineer

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Space Telescope Zone Report – March 2018

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The Space Telescope Zone was funded by the UK Space Agency, with five engineers working in different areas:

  • Ollie is a PhD student studying how black holes move and how they affect the space they move in
  • Hermine designs and makes telescopes and instruments that can be used to find out more about the universe
  • Guy, the winner of this zone, writes software for space telescope missions that are trying to find exploding stars and new planets
  • Christine is a PhD student studying gravitational waves
  • Angus is currently working on the design of an instrument for the James Webb Telescope.

The engineers in this zone showed an obvious enthusiasm for their field which came across in their conversations with students in both live chats and Ask. All the engineers were great at explaining complex topics in an accessible way, with Guy and Ollie making up nearly 45% of all activity by engineers. Some of the engineers were at conferences in Lyon and Madrid during the second week of the event, and took part in chats and Ask during their time away.

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Satellite Zone Report – March 2018

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The Satellite Zone was funded by the UK Space Agency with six engineers working in different fields within the space industry.

  • Sylwia is a Geographic Information Systems specialist working on digital mapping technology
  • Stephen designs software that gathers pictures of Earth from satellites
  • Phil designs, manufactures and tests spacecraft
  • Matt is a director of space engineering who communicates with spacecraft around Mars
  • Hollie, the winner in this zone, develops coatings that can be used in extreme environments such as rocket thrusters
  • Helen is working on an instrument for a satellite to get closer to the sun than anything has before

All of the engineers in this zone took an active role in the event and were great at building a rapport with students, as well as answering questions openly and informatively.

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Artificial Intelligence Zone Report – November 2017

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The Artificial Intelligence Zone was a themed Zone supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering. Rumman advises companies on ethical AI practices for Accenture, Pooja is a software engineer at Airbus Research currently developing a new search engine and Petros, the winner in this Zone, is developing software to help doctors and administrators in the NHS improve how they work together. Peppe is a PhD student working on software that instructs industrial machines to separate foods, Greg is a research associate programming robots that will help elderly people get dressed and Fran is a Product Analyst for a company building a chat bot for financial companies.

There were some really interesting conversations in this Zone about the capabilities of artificial intelligence and how it might develop in the future. The variety of engineers meant that students got an insight into many different applications of AI. The majority of questions in the Ask section were about careers, education, and getting to know the engineers on a personal level, bonding over things like pets and holidays.

Posted on December 15, 2017 modmichaela in 2017, RAE, Zone Reports | Leave a comment

Health Zone Report – November 2017

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The Health Zone was a themed Zone supported by Wellcome. Valerie is a PhD student in biomechanics studying the onset and development of colorectal cancer, Steve is a mechanical engineer who has developed technology for artificial limbs and Sean, the winner of this Zone, is a PhD student working on a device to help people with spinal cord injuries to control their bladders. Kath is working on a coating for implants that will kill bacteria when put into a patient’s body, Carmel is researching new ways to detect brain activity without damaging the brain and Alex is working to better understand how crystals can be used within medicine.

This was the busiest Zone in November’s I’m an Engineer event with the highest number of students logging in and number of questions in Ask. All the engineers took an active role across the two weeks of the event and were great at engaging with students. The winner of the Zone, Sean, is a wheelchair user and was asked by students about how this affects his work as an engineer. All the engineers were very positive about their roles and good at encouraging students to take an interest in engineering and benefitted from taking part in the event as engineers, as noted in this Ask question about how the Live Chats have helped them develop their work.

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Mole Zone Report – November 2017

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The Mole Zone was a general engineering Zone supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering, with six people working in different areas of engineering. Matt is a Process Safety Engineer assessing high hazard facilities, Lauren, the winner of this Zone, designs steam and water storage vessels installed in venues such as Wembley Stadium and Josh is a student in product design engineering. Jo works for Air Products separating air into different elements and then selling these onto customers as a gas or liquid, Diana is a telecoms engineer for satellite operator Avanti Communications and Carson is a student working with robots to help create scenes for virtual reality.

As this was a general engineering Zone conversations were varied, and all the engineers were good at answering questions about their own work areas as well as about engineering in general. The majority of questions from students in Ask were about careers and education and there was a lot of interest in how to become an engineer, and what it’s like to work as one on a day to day basis.

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