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Energy Zone Report – March 2019

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The Energy Zone was a themed zone supported by the Science & Technology Facilities Council. There were six engineers in the zone:

  • Oliver Moore, who is on a graduate scheme at UKAEA//Culham Fusion Centre, in Oxfordshire.
  • Lesley Colquhoun, who provides equipment to manufacturers who lay subsea power/telecommunications cables at MAATS Tech Ltd who’ve worked with STFC.
  • Leah Morgan, the winner of the zone, who maintains the equipment used to power fusion reactors at UKAEA/Culham Fusion Centre.
  • Hannah Griffin, who builds software and computer systems for scientists at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.
  • Graeme Burt, who is funded by STFC and works on particle accelerators as well as teaching at Lancaster University.
  • Aleks Sokol, a Distribution Planning Technician for UK Power Networks, who work with STFC.
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Space Zone Report – March 2019

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The Space Zone was a themed zone supported by the UK Space Agency. There were six engineers:

  • Vinita Marwaha Madil, who plans operations at the European Space Agency (ESA) for future human spaceflight projects.
  • Rachel Hudson helps to build and test instruments for two ESA missions to Jupiter and the Sun.
  • Pam Anderson, an ambassador for the ESA, helps people understand how they might use space technology for the benefit of life on Earth.
  • Christopher Youens, a Spacecraft Operations Engineer takes care of four satellites that perform Earth Observation.
  • Brian Weaver, the winner of the zone, uses satellites that fly 20,000 km around the Earth to guide driverless tractors in farms, or ships in the ocean, all around the world.
  • Andrew Ratcliffe is the Head of Launch Systems at the UK Space Agency and leads the team investigating how to launch vehicles into space safely.
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Milligram Zone Report – March 2019

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The Milligram Zone was a general engineering zone supported by the Science & Technology Facilities Council. There were six engineers taking part:

  • The winner of the zone, Shruti Turner, a PhD student who researches the development of artificial legs for people who have lost theirs.
  • Mark Bentley, who designs and makes bespoke and custom made “things” for scientific research and teaching practicals.
  • Faranak Bahrami, who designs better ways to perforate thermoplastics without reducing their load-bearing capabilities at TWI Ltd who partner with STFC.
  • Douglas Wragg, who is a road transport consultant engineer.
  • Charlene Chung, a hydraulic modeller who works on designing sewers and drainage system at Aktins Global, who partner with STFC.
  • Alistair McConnell, who designs and builds robotic sensor nodes for monitoring offshore structures.
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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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