My ultimate desire is to work in an engineering environment
that will challenge me further. Where I can push the boundaries of
technological advancements. For this objective, I either constantly improve
something that is already produced to reach its maximum capacity, or gain the
capacity to produce something that has never been reached.
Outside the classroom my self-organisation has enabled me to
take on an EPQ assignment to further my education on wire replacements, as well
as earning me a Gold CREST Award on extensive flexible circuit research. Both
of these projects taught me how to test the laws of physics. Whereas my passion
for maths, stems from the thrill of solving problems and applying familiar
concepts to unfamiliar situations. This includes playing games like Sudoku and
Chess, where I enjoy them due to their complexity and how they require a lot of
thinking. On the other hand, I also enjoy regularly playing sports where I let
my competitive side assume control in mostly swimming or badminton, allowing me
to cope well with pressure.
However in today’s age, I believe that no engineer will
prosper if they are solely dependent on knowledge that is given to them.
Engineers have to be able to perfect their proficiency in various different
attributes, 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 presentation
Undertaking a Nuffield project at Airbus Defence and Space
Systems, only further fuelled this desire. Whilst practicing how to solder
alloys to flexible circuits, as well as reviewing the difference between long
lasting Eccobond’s and temporary paste adhesives, my mind set and thinking
developed to be significantly more independent, logical and systematic. A
particular highlight, was the comparison testing between the industry standard
and flexible circuit thermocouple. This analysis allowed me to see how
scientific theories can easily be transferred to functional applications.
Being the daughter of a driving instructor proved to my dad
that there would be numerous questions when a student was unsuccessful, when
taking care of his vehicle. How did a coil in a martensitic steel valve come
undone? Why have eight cylinders in a 4-stroke engine, instead of one large
cylinder of the same displacement? Along with others, these were just the
initial enquiries that started the working of my interest. A few trips to the
garage later, it soon became evident that my fascination for intricate pieces
of metal and plastic woven together, grew from the realisation that engineering
was the ideal industry for me to explore my curiosity.
The fundamental art of engineering is based on applying
scientific practicality to a unique design template. Henry Petroski, confirms
this perspective in “The Evolution of Useful Things”. Where even
everyday utensils provide just as good a source of explanation, of how basic
necessities came to be, through the use of invention, innovation, design and
engineering as we are likely to find. To many, the concept of engineering
represents how complex structures are married together to form even greater
systems, while failing to appreciate that all these designs are fragmentations
of interconnected simple mechanisms. An overhead valve system in a car proves
just that, as it mimics that of a spray bottle. Despite transporting different
substances, they both utilize pressure to give one thing access and afterwards
discharging it, due a different course when the force becomes too much. This
shows that the practical application of pure science is at the core of my
interests in pursuing a degree in engineering.