• Question: What type of an engineer are you, mechanical, civil?!?

    Asked by Mahita to Alex, Chris, Mohamed, Rik, Victoria on 11 Mar 2015.
    • Photo: Rik Allen

      Rik Allen answered on 11 Mar 2015:


      I’m a software engineer that pretends to be an electronic engineer – or the other way around. I’m never sure.I build computer programs of how chips will work, so everything I do is software engineering but I tell electronic hardware engineers how their stuff will work, without having to do do the hard stuff myself… Great.


    • Photo: Chris Waters

      Chris Waters answered on 11 Mar 2015:

      I’m a Communications Engineer, although my degree is in Electronics. The Comms stuff came as an option in my later years once I had a basic understanding of analogue and digital electronics, which still comes in useful now even if it isn’t my day job! I don’t think many people end up doing exactly what they set out to do at the very start.

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      Alex Shenfield answered on 12 Mar 2015:

      I’m a systems engineer – which basically means I know a little bit about a lots of stuff!

      Since I got my PhD I’ve worked in software development, nano-technology, computer hardware design, mechanical engineering, automotive engineering and electronic engineering (all in academic departments at various universities).

    • Photo: Victoria Sharpe

      Victoria Sharpe answered on 15 Mar 2015:

      Mechanical – the best kind…that has to know a bit about all the others to make things work!