I never thought I would end up in a school like Caltech pursing a PhD in chemical engineering. When I was young, I wanted to become a medical doctor so that I could help people. It wasn’t until my last year of high school, when I started seriously considering my career path, that I realized all of the people I most wanted to be like were engineers. This realization spurred my decision to go into engineering, because I believed it would best allow me to solve complex problems and contribute to society in a meaningful way.
The iconic trophy design competition returns to the QEPrize for 2017, and this time it’s international! The competition has launched today with a brand new app, available to download on apple and android mobile devices. For the first time ever, the Create the Trophy competition is open to young designers worldwide, and to a wider age range.
Any secondary school student who thinks they are creative, who has an interest in maths and who wants to help find solutions to real world problems should think about a career in engineering. As a girl studying civil and structural engineering at the University of Sheffield, I often get asked the question: “Why did you choose engineering?”
The simple answer is that I was creative, I had an interest in maths, and I wanted to help find solutions to real world problems. I was lucky enough to find out that as a result of these qualities and traits, engineering would be a perfect career path for me.
GSK’s Mission: Fight Malaria Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for students age 11-14 to work on a real-world global health issue and develop ideas and innovative solutions that could help to eradicate this disease. With cross-curricular links to design and technology, computing, art and design, citizenship and mathematics, the Challenge has something to suit all 11-14-year-olds. Plus, with fantastic prizes including an exclusive trip to GSK’s cutting-edge research facilities and £1500 worth of science museum vouchers, there are plenty of reasons to take part! The deadline for entering is 20th October – don’t miss out! Visit www.gskscienceeducation.com/challenges/ to find out more.
From a young age I’ve always been creative, making presents and selling products at local shops. I knew design was an area I wanted to have a career in, and after leaving school I saw my interest progress from graphic to product design. This led me to study Industrial Design and Technology at Loughborough University.
We learn everything from how to sketch to make sure our designs can be understood, to designing complex features such as undercuts in injection moulding. The variety and depth is brilliant! The course allows not only for creativity in designs, but also encourages designers to think about functionality in their final product. We learn about different manufacturing techniques and the importance of thinking designs through to the end.
In this new video, find out more about the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering and how it is inspiring young people to consider a career in engineering. Hear from industry leaders, QEPrize judges and Ambassadors as they explain the impact of the QEPrize and the legacy of its winners.
They have big ambitions: nine students from ETH Zurich and ZHdK are preparing to take on developers from renowned manufacturers and universities from around the world with their “Scewo” wheelchair at the Cybathlon.
The Balgrist campus is bustling with activity. After ten months and countless technical changes, the revised wheelchair from the Scewo team is ready for its first test drive. With one eye on the regulations and another on the wheelchair, Pascal Buholzer accompanies Scewo driver Josep Ballester through the obstacle course. While the wheelchair effortlessly tackles the stairs, its manoeuvrability when opening doors and its stability on uneven ground leave something to be desired.
The concept of the ‘Future City’ is ever evolving and adapting around human needs and wants, in all aspects of life. One such element is the freedom of movement, and more recently, the connectivity of people and places through efficient and easy transportation.
We have become used to this freedom, having the power of being able to move where we want, when we want with ease. With vehicles readily available across the world, the advancement in technology has resulted in a complex but exciting challenge to the automotive industry, as it competes to keep up with the fast paced evolution of the ‘Future City’.