• Question: Why did you want to become an engineer?

    Asked by Emma to Andrew, Hina, Ian, Kathryn, Leah-Nani, Xu on 18 Jun 2018. This question was also asked by r_k_matharu, L1NGZ, danyal ijaz, 464spcn47.
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      Leah-Nani Alconcel answered on 18 Jun 2018:

      I trained as a scientist and then went to work as a lab chemist. That job happened to be at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, where I met a whole bunch of engineers working on different projects like the Mars rovers. They seemed to be having more fun, so I started applying for space engineering jobs until I landed one. I’ve been an engineer for 13 years.

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      Kathryn Burrows answered on 18 Jun 2018:

      I wanted to be a scientist as I was very curious at school and kept asking questions, I really like to understand things and was good in school at physics and maths. After school I completed a degree and PhD in theoretical physics, but then when looking for jobs I wanted something that used theory and mathematics but that applied it to problems that contributed directly towards society. I saw my current job advertised by chance and went for it and applied.

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      Andrew Margetts-Kelly answered on 19 Jun 2018:

      I serendipitously ended up on this path. I really enjoyed electronics at school, so did an extra A-level for fun. I really enjoyed electronics at college so that for a degree.