• Question: What to you is the best part of engineering? The thing that wants you to be an engineer for the rest of your life.

    Asked by AbigailO to Billy, Louise, Naomi, Rachel, Urvashi on 7 Mar 2015.
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      Urvashi Danookdharree answered on 7 Mar 2015:

      Engineering manipulates the basic stuff in your surrounding and make something useful out of it. The best part of it is that you actually enjoy doing it and you get to develop new things that you never thought could be possible. Even if you do not love learning, engineering makes you love it and you automatically start learn a lot without even trying or forcing yourself.
      In my case, I design biomaterials in order to be used to help people medically. I want to be part of that part of engineering which saves lives.

      Last but not least, engineering is just engineering and it rocks 🙂

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      Naomi Green answered on 7 Mar 2015:

      There are many things I love about being an engineer but if I had to pick one it would be that everyday is different and I am always learning something new. As an engineer you are trained to solve problems and come up with creative solutions to them. To do that you have to get good at finding out information either about the problem itself or potential solutions. Once you have learnt those skills you can apply them to all sorts of different things. I have worked on nuclear power plants, battleships, train crash investigations, car design, highway design, stab vests, baggage handling systems, and now joint replacements! So you can see it is very varied!

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      Rachel Pallan answered on 8 Mar 2015:

      For me, for engineering as a whole, its having a definite answer at the end of working something out. I like numbers and solutions. When I have finally cracked something I have been working on for a long time its such a good feeling when you know your answer is right and you can explain why.

      For medical engineering I like being able to associate with it and know its helping people. I have bad joints so I enjoy working in this area as when I learn something new I can apply it and see how it works directly.

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      Louise France answered on 9 Mar 2015:

      Engineering is such a fast-paced industry, with the continual development of cutting-edge technologies and advancements in scientific principles, that there is always something new to learn! I love learning new things, so much so, that I started university as a student 12 years ago and am now a Lecturer…I never left!!

      You need to have an inquisitive mind to become and engineer. Never just accept an answer – ask why and ask how! By asking questions like this you will understand the way things work (or why they don’t work!!) and will be able to use your problem solving skills to come up with better or alternative solutions!

      Question everything 😉

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      Billy Hicks answered on 11 Mar 2015:

      I like that with engineering you are helping people. Every engineer is trying to make you life better in one way or other and that’s always a good feeling.
      As some of the other engineers have said, there is always something new to learn. This brings new challenges to solve, and when you do solve them it’s a fantastic feeling.
      These reasons are why I enjoy engineering and why I am planning on being an engineer for as long as I can!