About this day
In five highly interactive sessions our team of engineers will explore different types of engineering including civil,
structural, mechanical and more. Each session also includes a Q&A session to quiz the engineers. Our aim is to encourage the uptake of Engineering at the highest level and instil curiosity in all.
Programme & speakers
Broken gears and no Ideas: Life as a materials engineer Anna Ploszajski, Materials Scientist, Writer and Storyteller
Materials Engineering is all about looking at stuff and trying to understand what makes these materials hard, soft, fluffy, squidgy, heavy, elastic or tasty so we can start building things and solving problems.
About Dr Anna Ploszajski
Anna Ploszajski is a materials scientist, author, presenter and science comedian who is on a mission to get people fascinated by the ordinary stuff which makes up the world around us. Her book Handmade tells the story of materials through their use in arts and crafts.
Pioneering aeronautical innovation Sam Rogers, Test Pilot, Gravity Industries
Sam will shed light on the approach Gravity has taken to development of a pioneering human flight suit, with all the associated successes, failures and revelations. It will show how fundamental principles and design judgement can bring science fiction closer to reality.
About Sam Rogers
Sam Rogers is a Test Pilot & Design Lead at Gravity Industries. He has many years experience with pyrotechnics and built his first solid rocket motor aged 9.
Engineering and the importance of toys Hugh Hunt, University of Cambridge
In a presentation full of exciting demonstrations Hugh will answer some fundamental engineering questions including, why does a spinning top stand up? And how do cats always manage to land upright?
About Dr Hugh Hunt
Dr Hugh Hunt is a Reader in Engineering Dynamics and Vibration at Cambridge University. He is a regular presenter on Channel 4 and has an impressive collection of boomerangs.
Engineering future fuels Paul Hellier, University College London
Paul will explain how he combines engineering, chemistry and biology to design new fuels that can be produced more cleanly and with less energy intense processes than current fuels, and have fewer harmful impacts on human health and the environment when used in road transport. With the help of some simple experiments, he will demonstrate how future fuels might have more in common with a bottle of shampoo and a cup of coffee than you realise.
About Dr Paul Hellier
Paul is a Lecturer and engineer of sustainable energy technologies at University College London. He works with major energy companies to develop new renewable fuels.
Invisible Superheroes Amy Wright, Farrans Construction
Amy will show you how everyday things we take for granted such as roads, bridges, lighting and fresh water are built by invisible superheroes and how civil engineers have saved more lives than doctors.
About Amy Wright
Amy Louise Wright is Senior Site Engineer at Farrans Construction. She worked on the recently completed £117million Northern Spire bridge over the River Wear in Sunderland, Amy is passionate about outreach and development engineering.