• Question: What inspired you to be an engineer?

    Asked by Katie Paling to Matt, Monica, Matthew, Maedeh, Dominic on 8 Mar 2016. This question was also asked by HannahFlinn, Aryan_Barkhordar, ashleighpollard, Haribo123, ChupaChups74, timmy-chair-2016, 944srge22, 553esre22.
    • Photo: Matthew Oldfield

      Matthew Oldfield answered on 8 Mar 2016:

      I don’t think I was inspired by any one thing. Mostly it was a case of following a path in my education and career that allowed me to do the things that I enjoy: Design, Science, Maths and continual learning. Engineering just flowed naturally from that.

    • Photo: Monica Rozeik

      Monica Rozeik answered on 9 Mar 2016:

      Hi Katie, I really liked design technology at school and engineering was a way to keep doing that. Outside of school, I’d say my dad inspired me. He always had lots of gadgets he loved to take apart and fix.

    • Photo: Dominic Eggbeer

      Dominic Eggbeer answered on 18 Mar 2016:

      My love of understanding how things work and coming up with practical solutions to complex problems.

      I’ve always loved to analyse things, take products apart (much to the frustration of my parents when I was a kid), put things back together (they didn’t always work again!) and understand how they could be improved. The latter came later in life. Applying these principles to the design of custom surgical tools and prosthetics is extremely rewarding. I can leave the taking things apart to surgeons, but come up with creative solutions on how they can put people back together better. I think it’s probably best that way around!