Category Archives: Zone Reports

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.

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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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Smart Materials Zone – June 2017

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The Smart Materials Zone was a themed zone, funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Ingenious Grant and involved six engineers working in different areas of materials engineering. Tony is a biomedical engineer inventing new medical devices, Stacey – the winner of this zone – develops new coatings for the Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier deck and Niamh is a PhD student working with nano-materials to make a new kind of solar panel. Dimitrios works with transparent materials to make touch sensors and smart windows, Becky works for Speedo International designing textiles to be used in high performance sports and Alessandra is a simulation engineer creating virtual models of new car components to make sure they work before they go into production.

The zone was busy in both ASK and the live chats, and although some students were unsure about what the theme of Smart Materials covered they still showed a strong interest in the engineers as people and there was a lot of interest in engineering as a career. There was also a lot of interest in gender equality within engineering and the experiences of the female engineers in the zone. Within the live chats Stacey, Niamh and Becky were especially good at engaging with the students and helping them understand what engineering is.

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Candela Zone Report – June 2017

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The Candela Zone was a general engineering zone, funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Ingenious Grant. Yetty is a PhD student researching how to bring faster data speeds to smart devices, Tom manages the training of engineers using underwater acoustic systems and Laura is a controls engineer for an Air Handling Unit manufacturer. Jack designs cryogenic tanks which store energy from cow poo, Gina – the winner in this zone – leads a manufacturing team that builds and tests video cameras and Chris is a PhD student using materials like graphene to treat degenerative diseases.

All of the engineers were great at engaging with the students and Live Chats were very friendly and personable. There was a lot of interest in becoming and working as an engineer, as well as other STEM careers with students often asking for advice on certain career paths.

Gina and Tom were especially good at building a rapport with students, by telling jokes and finding common interests to relate to each other with. In particular, Gina was great at being open with students on her profile and in the ASK section, for example in this conversation with students about her sexuality.

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Ampere Zone Report – March 2017

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The Ampere Zone was a general engineering zone funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering. Zoe is a civil engineer ensuring the water from our taps is safe to drink and that wastewater from households is dealt with safely, Sheryl is working to help academics at her university use technology to develop their teaching and Shahil is a project engineer building wind farms in Africa. Emma, the winner of the Ampere Zone, is a research engineer who 3D prints spaceships, satellites and armoured fighting vehicles out of metal, Andy is a Railway Engineer designing systems to drive trains automatically and Andrés is a PhD student studying new smart and flexible wings for aeroplanes.

The discussions in Ampere were varied in the topics and nature; some were factual and some more philosophical. Students were particularly interested in finding out about the careers of the engineers and what they need to do to follow a similar path. It was also a ground for sharing personal experiences and interests.

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Artificial Body Zone Report – March 2017

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The Artificial Body Zone was a themed zone funded by Wellcome. Zach is a PhD student using computers to look at the movement of bones and muscles in the foot, Todd is a PhD student looking for the best environment to grow a kidney in and Sophie is a lecturer studying new materials and methods to make bone implants. Daniel is a PhD student who has made a living 3D model of the roof of the mouth to study mouth infections, Ana, the winner of the zone, makes artificial legs for amputees and Alejandra is a postdoctoral researcher developing robotic arms for people that have lost their hands.

The zone was lively and the students seemed to easily engage with what the engineers do and how their work is helpful. Notably, the students used it to ask a lot of questions about career choices. Engineers engaged in talking with students about what subjects to take, what apprenticeships to undergo, but also about the fact that it was also very early to specialise, and that there was time to think about what they wanted to do.

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