Introducing the next generation of canal engineers
Rolls-Royce engineer Katie Hamilton explains how she became interested in science and engineering, why she enjoyed working on the Derby Arm working model and why she is looking forward to the real thing being built.
1: What is your background / what did you study at university?
I grew up just outside Glasgow and I studied physics at the University of Glasgow, where I received my Masters degree.
2: What encouraged you into a career in engineering?
I have always been interested in the sciences; I liked to know how things worked and always wanted to know why things did what they did. While in High School I found that physics was a subject that I enjoyed and wanted to stick with it and so choose to study it at university. During my time at university I was able to see some of the ways in which science and engineering can help to solve issues that impact our lives, and so I knew that I wanted to have a career that would allow me to make a difference in some way, while still enjoying what I was doing.
From something little like helping to create the Derby Arm model to something larger, for example, designing the next most efficient solar panel, creating a new way to remove plastic from our oceans, working to help reduce the impact our travel has on the environment or working on the next medical advances, science and engineering will let you use your imagination and creativity to enhance the world around you.