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Tomorrow’s Engineers Week: Inspiring a new generation

Keeping people safe at sea, fighting cancer more effectively and helping those affected by dementia – engineers are key to helping the nation keep healthy and well.

Today marks the beginning of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (4-8 November), and this year it is shining a light on engineers that make the world a better place.  

Five engineers from across the UK were handpicked to front #EngineerOnAMission for Tomorrow’s Engineers Week 2019, and to help inspire a new generation into the profession.

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week takes place from 4-8 November and provides a unique opportunity to drive interest in engineering careers / Picture: Getty/iStock


Each #EngineerOnAMission is the star of a film that highlights the impact engineers have on people’s lives, which will be shown to around 50,000 students at the Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Big Assembly on Wednesday 6 November. 

Dr Hilary Leevers, CEO at EngineeringUK, the organisers of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, said: “We want every young person to see that engineering offers a varied, stimulating and rewarding career.

“The UK needs tens of thousands more engineers and Tomorrow’s Engineers Week provides an opportunity for the engineering community to work together to inspire the next generation of engineers to meet this demand.”

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week 2019

Engineers featured during Tomorrow’s Engineers Week include:

Ellen Harper, 22, a masters student at University of Strathclyde who helps those with restricted mobility to swim. Ellen designs and manufactures Poolpods, which provide dignified, independent access to swimming pools and were used during the Paralympic Games in London 2012.

Hiba Khan, 29, a civil engineer keeping people’s homes safe. Hiba works on international flood defences and her biggest project is in Bangladesh, where rivers up to 8km wide can erode hundreds of metres of bank per year.

Rhodri Lewis, 39, a lifeboat systems engineer at RNLI. Rhodri builds, develops and maintains the rescue equipment to ensure they are in good working order when the volunteers go to sea, often in dangerous situations. 

Rebecca Shipley, 36, a healthcare engineer helping to beat cancer for University College London, develops tools to visualise the structure of cancerous tissues in the body and better predict where drugs will be delivered to within the tumours.

Severin Skillman, 26, is a software engineer with the UK Dementia Research Institute. He develops software that helps people affected by dementia to live in their own homes by monitoring their health and behaviour.

Now in its seventh year, Tomorrow’s Engineers Week provides a unique opportunity for universities, schools, employers, professional institutions and engineers to drive interest in engineering careers, showing young people the ways in which engineers are on a mission to make the world a better place, find innovative solutions and shape the way we live.

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