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Tomorrow’s Engineers Week: Meet The Inspiring Young Engineering Student

Do you aspire to study Engineering at Glasgow University, Imperial College, or Stanford University? Perhaps you want to be a programmer at Apple or Google. Whatever it is, our hand-picked tutors are here to inspire you to go after your dreams.

We know many young people are interested in studying Engineering at University and that parents are curious about STEM in general, so this Tomorrow Engineers Week we asked Scarlett one of our fantastic tutors to bring us into her world.

Tell us a bit about yourself and what you’re studying.

My name’s Scarlett and I am a 4th-year student at the University of Glasgow studying Biomedical Engineering. The formal definition of my degree is ‘engineering solutions to medical problems’; but this just means designing, developing, and maintaining the equipment used by medical staff.

What’s the best thing about studying engineering?

Engineers help improve the quality of life of those around them by working as a team to solve problems. Studying engineering means that when I see an issue I can work to solve it; this has lead me to work on projects like 3D printing a prosthetic arm and teaching disadvantaged children mathematics.

“I love helping people and being able to use my skills in mechanics and design to do that is incredible.”

How can a young person prepare for studying engineering at university?

Being interested in maths and science is a good start for engineering, but the thing to prepare for a future in engineering is passion! Researching your interest in engineering is the best way to connect with the subject. For example, if you enjoy gardening, you could engineer an irrigation system or a greenhouse for your plants!

Who/what inspires you the most?

The NHS staff inspire me! As someone who will hopefully work in a medical environment in the future, I really admire their work ethic and perseverance during difficult times.

What excites you most about the future and engineering?

If you look around you, right now, every item in the room has been engineered: from the product design engineers that modeled it, to mechanical engineers that maintained the machines that made it, and to the civil engineers that designed the bridges to help deliver it. 

“Engineers help design, create and build the world around us! Being a part of a team that is going to make the world of the future is super exciting!”

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