November 17, 2005

Engineering and Academia

I’ve always been interested in engineering and want to make a career of it.

My first experience of engineering was playing with Lego and Knex. At the age of 9 I designed and built a suspension bridge built from Knex with a 1.5 metre span.

I enjoy making things in general, but I particularly enjoy origami, the art of paper folding. This started when my uncle made me a flapping bird and I dissembled it and worked out how to make others. I incorporated origami into my GCSE art project, to the dismay of the teachers, who thought I should be more spontaneous and not plan so precisely. However, as things that has not been planned properly are more likely to fail, I try to avoid this .

Edit May 2006
I have just finished being group leader of a project to build a line following robot, something I enjoyed very much, and will try to improve the vehicle over the summer.
Since having to start revision for exams I have rediscovered the joys of origami, using it to get away from studying, creating larger more intricate models than ever before. It helps relieve from the tedium of revision, and I've also discover that carefully folded paper is actually very strong and can withstand comparatively large loads for it's small mass.

In 2001 my school took part in the Rapid Response Engineering Challenge run by the ICE (Institute of Civil Engineers). We had to make an aqueduct out of bamboo canes and sections of drain pipe, a tent from more bamboo and polythene sheets, as well as present our ideas to a large audience. My team won first prize.

I enjoy graphical design, having designed leaflets for A–level Media Studies and ‘How to Choose at GCSE’, as well as the logo for my Dad’s consultancy business.

In 2003 I entered the British Physics Challenge, a series of advanced physics lessons followed by an exam. I was awarded a commendation.

The most engineering based subject I have studied before starting university was A–level electronics. My friends and I petitioned the deputy head of the sixth form college, and have been the first year to complete it. The course is now one of the more popular ones. During the course I developed some proficiency with electronic circuit design and construction, my A–level project being to design an infra–red remote control, which after much frustration did actually work.

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  1. What areas of engineering are you working on Andrew? Seems like there is an awful lot of talent here!Are there outlets for enterprise and innovation that you can exploit to go 'beyond the curriculum' in the way you did at school?

    Great PDP.

    17 Nov 2005, 16:16

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