• Question: How did you end up with the interest of engineering?

    Asked by ditang123 to Carrie, Becky, Kelly, Robin, Usaid on 14 Mar 2012. This question was also asked by livmasonpearson, harry1999.
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      Robin Stafford Allen answered on 12 Mar 2012:

      @ditang123: This is the same answer that I have given to others, but I was growing up during the moon-landings. These and Concorde are the projects that I thought were fantastic and greatly encouraged me to do engineering, which I rather regards in my case of being paid for having fun most of the time!
      I had the most amazing father who was an aeronautical engineer (designs aeroplanes) and was a flight engineer in the RAF in the war. He used to encourage me to take the lawnmower or the rotovator to bits and repair them, and then I had a small motorbike (BSA) and my first car when I was 12, which of course could only be driven about 50 yards as it was not, of course, allowed on the roads (it was too old and i was too young!), but I could take it to bits and put it back together to keep it going. Regards Robin

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      Caroline Roberts Haritonov answered on 12 Mar 2012:

      My best subjects at school were maths and physics. I related to the logic and language of maths and science but was also excited by the way these subjects opened up my understanding of the world and how things work. Engineering was the opportunity to apply the principles and logic of maths and science to solve problems and challenges and improve the world in which we live.

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      Becky Selwyn answered on 14 Mar 2012:

      I had the same experience as Carrie – I loved the logic of maths and the understanding that science gave me. But instead of just finding out things (like scientists do a lot of the time), I wanted to apply everything to new problems.