Meet real engineers
From movie makers to robot builders, from classroom learners to globetrotters, our heroes reveal why they chose engineering and how they followed their passions into a rewarding career.
The most rewarding thing about being a robotics engineer is the fact it lets my creativity shine.
Net Zero Navigator
I'm an apprentice helping companies hit their net zero targets. I love this hands-on approach to learning while I'm helping to solve big problems.
As an apprentice working on fusion energy, I am working on engineering solutions which could change the way we all live.
My brother's brain injury inspired me to develop an app which helps improve recovery journeys for patients at difficult times.
I was always fascinated by TV and what went on behind the scenes, now I make sure that all the equipment works so a show stays on air.
I create biodegradable plastic to help reduce single-use plastic waste using fish guts and red algae.
I thought engineering was only about cars and bridges, but I'm building things to help the human body and want my invention to save lives.
I combine maths and art, using both the creative and technical sides of my brain to bring stories to life through effects on the big screen.
Vinita Marwaha Madill
From dreaming about being an astronaut, I went on to design a space suit and help astronauts with tasks on the International Space Station.
In the aftermath of natural disasters such as earthquakes or tsunamis, I use my skills as a structural engineer to help people.
My passion is for the vast buildings and structures we use every day, and I work on incredible infrastructure projects changing the way we live.
I like working with my hands and being creative and so my job making custom braces and splints is perfect. Every customised item I make is helping make someone's life better.
Dr Enass Abo-Hamed
I have always been an activist at heart, and developing new ways to store clean energy means my work will help save lives and protect the environment.
I am a software engineer for ASOS, building technology that fundamentally changes how people experience fashion.
I design Extreme-E race cars, making race cars faster, better, and more sustainable.
My degree course mixed science and music, and now I work to make every car driver and passenger feel like they're in a concert hall on their journey.
I am a lighting engineer working for Arup, and have designed lighting for fashion shows, museums and art galleries.
I have developed a new way to farm using less water to feed more people and reduce the carbon footprint of farming.
I love knowing that there are aircraft flying in the sky with designs I have worked on.
Daniela Paredes Fuentes
I realised I could bring my art and design ideas into reality through engineering.
I am one of the acoustic engineers behind the Dyson Supersonic hairdryer and have helped invent quiet bladeless fans.
The robots I'm creating will revolutionise farming, and they're already working in the field doing everything from picking, ploughing and weeding.
As part of my apprenticeship I worked on building nuclear submarines and aircraft engines in Derby.
I was always captivated by gadgets and technology and found myself drawn to robotics. Now I develop robotic exoskeletons, following my passion while helping people.
Sports Car Specialist
I always thought supercars were supercool, and then work experience made me realise an apprenticeship could lead to a career in this industry.
I went from studying languages to working for one of the well-known social media platforms – Twitter (X).
I loved playing with virtual instruments, but didn't think I could do it as a job. But I worked on AI-generated music and am now a senior software engineer at TikTok.
I loved maths and wanted a job that would help people, and decided to be an engineer.
I decided that being an engineer was the best way to make an impact.
By combining boxing with technology, I bring together my passions for sport and engineering to help top athletes improve their game.
I shape how we connect with each other and uses tech to create worlds where we can interact.
Sports engineering means I work with cutting-edge technology while being practical and creative. I love that my research can influence a global game.
I have worked on water rides, animatronics and walk-through attractions with custom smells and special effects.
Became the UK’s most famous astronaut, and a champion of engineering.
Professor Sue Black
Computer science champion
Became a Professor of computer science and technology after leaving school at 16 and fleeing an unsafe home.
Dame Stephanie Shirley
IT company founder
Became a pioneering tech entrepreneur, philanthropist and icon for gender equality.
Became first African American woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
Became the co-founder of two award-winning technology companies by the age of 22.
Professor Frances Arnold
Nobel Prize winner
Became a globally recognised chemical engineer and a recipient of the Nobel Prize for chemistry.
Professor Robert Langer
Medical breakthrough inventor
Became a pioneering chemical engineer and winner of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.
Race car driver
Became the world’s most successful female racing car driver.