• Question: whats the best thing about being an engineer?

    Asked by tasha to Robin, Becky, Carrie, Kelly, Usaid on 13 Mar 2012. This question was also asked by theultimate, 09scots1, 09tolat1, imaani97, bob123.
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      Robin Stafford Allen answered on 13 Mar 2012:

      @tasha: I think the best bit is doing something that is fun to do. I am constructive but not an artist (the only painting I do is decorating the house!) and so making things work I find enjoyable. At the moment I am doing a project that is being built in the South of France and the travel is fun as long as it is not too often. At the moment it is fine as I seem to go there about twice per year, which is great. Thanks for the question. Robin

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      Becky Selwyn answered on 13 Mar 2012:

      I like the problem solving – especially when it’s a really big difficult problem and I have no idea how to solve it. When you start making progress and realise that maybe it is possible to solve after all it feels really good. I also love the variety I get – some design, some experiments, some interpretation of results, some mathematical modelling on a computer, some presenting my work to others – I even get to teach some of the younger uni students how to do some of the lab experiments.