My ultimate desire is to work in an engineering environmentthat will challenge me further. Where I can push the boundaries oftechnological advancements. For this objective, I either constantly improvesomething that is already produced to reach its maximum capacity, or gain thecapacity to produce something that has never been reached.Outside the classroom my self-organisation has enabled me totake on an EPQ assignment to further my education on wire replacements, as wellas earning me a Gold CREST Award on extensive flexible circuit research. Bothof these projects taught me how to test the laws of physics. Whereas my passionfor maths, stems from the thrill of solving problems and applying familiarconcepts to unfamiliar situations. This includes playing games like Sudoku andChess, where I enjoy them due to their complexity and how they require a lot ofthinking.
On the other hand, I also enjoy regularly playing sports where I letmy competitive side assume control in mostly swimming or badminton, allowing meto cope well with pressure. However in today’s age, I believe that no engineer willprosper if they are solely dependent on knowledge that is given to them.Engineers have to be able to perfect their proficiency in various differentattributes, including: leadership, management, teamwork and communication.Qualities that I have acquired through different roles of responsibilities,such as; aiding the Principle in multiple speeches as a school ambassador;chairing school council meetings for 3 consecutive years and representing the students opinions as a form/sports captain;essential areas where I would take advantage of my confidence and presentationskills.Undertaking a Nuffield project at Airbus Defence and SpaceSystems, only further fuelled this desire. Whilst practicing how to solderalloys to flexible circuits, as well as reviewing the difference between longlasting Eccobond’s and temporary paste adhesives, my mind set and thinkingdeveloped to be significantly more independent, logical and systematic.
Aparticular highlight, was the comparison testing between the industry standardand flexible circuit thermocouple. This analysis allowed me to see howscientific theories can easily be transferred to functional applications. Being the daughter of a driving instructor proved to my dadthat there would be numerous questions when a student was unsuccessful, whentaking care of his vehicle. How did a coil in a martensitic steel valve comeundone? Why have eight cylinders in a 4-stroke engine, instead of one largecylinder of the same displacement? Along with others, these were just theinitial enquiries that started the working of my interest. A few trips to thegarage later, it soon became evident that my fascination for intricate piecesof metal and plastic woven together, grew from the realisation that engineeringwas the ideal industry for me to explore my curiosity.The fundamental art of engineering is based on applyingscientific practicality to a unique design template.
Henry Petroski, confirmsthis perspective in “The Evolution of Useful Things”. Where eveneveryday utensils provide just as good a source of explanation, of how basicnecessities came to be, through the use of invention, innovation, design andengineering as we are likely to find. To many, the concept of engineeringrepresents how complex structures are married together to form even greatersystems, while failing to appreciate that all these designs are fragmentationsof interconnected simple mechanisms. An overhead valve system in a car provesjust that, as it mimics that of a spray bottle. Despite transporting differentsubstances, they both utilize pressure to give one thing access and afterwardsdischarging it, due a different course when the force becomes too much. Thisshows that the practical application of pure science is at the core of myinterests in pursuing a degree in engineering.