As a child, Anne-Marie wanted to be a weather forecaster and was always taking things apart, whether it was her computer, the TV remote or VCR players! This natural curiosity and love of STEM led her to be the CEO of Stemettes where she now helps young girls get into STEM careers that they will love!
Graciela always wanted to be a footballer but she knew that by combining her 2 favourite things at school - chemistry and technical drawing - she could become a Chemical Engineer, and now works for Atkins working to design a cleaner and safer world.
Robert always wanted to be an engineer because he loved building Lego and studying science subjects which helped him understand what made everything work. He has now managed to combine his skills and passions building his own career as a founder of a start-up.
Both of Shengke's parents were engineers and he was always curious to know what was going on inside his father’s workshops. This curiosity set him on the road towards an engineering career where he now works in the energy and built environment sector, striving hard to solve the climate crisis for future generations.
As a child, Mimi loved Barbies and puzzles and always thought she would become a medical doctor. However, after a chance encounter at university she fell in love with the idea of solving world problems and helping people and began her career in engineering from which she has never looked back.
When Kip was 10 she had a love of board games and scrabble and had a great plan to become a scientist and discover a pill to cure all forms of cancer. Kip is well on her way to achieving her dream, now working as a Lead Healthcare Scientist helping save people’s lives every day.
Kevin loved his toy rocket and Dinky toy aircraft when he was a little boy and always aspired to become a pilot or astronaut, but found his real passion as an aerospace engineer. Kevin now works to inspire the next generation to be our future moon-walkers, using all of his STEM skills to do it!
Massimo wanted to be an electrical engineer from an early age, playing with electrical sets when he was a child and finding out as much as he could about the role that electrical engineers have in our daily lives. Massimo managed to achieve his dream and now works tirelessly to teach the next generation.
Larissa always wanted to be an engineer and as a child she would take radios and computers apart to see how they worked and if she could improve them with a little invention. So a career in computer science was a natural fit for Larissa enabling her to dream up all of the amazing inventions no one else has thought of yet, and then design and develop them for public use!
When Amber was young she dreamed of becoming a graphic designer and loved making models out of her Lego and K'nex. Now Amber is designing a brighter future for all of us, driving the change towards greener, more sustainable energy solutions at Siemens Energy.
Hannah is currently part of the Edison Engineering Development Program Graduate Scheme where she loves organising outreach events to get more young people (particularly girls) into STEM.
Steve has always been fascinated by machinery of all kinds, but he is most passionate about cars. From an early stage he wanted to work on them and design them so it’s no wonder that Steve works as a Business Development Manager for Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. coaching the engineers of the future.
Mark's love of his Lego sets building boats, structures and buildings as well as his passion for Clay-doh when he was younger set him up for the job he loves doing today as a Civil Engineer. He loves problem solving and seeing his work come to fruition in the real world.
As a child Ian loved Subuteo, outdoor activities and playing on his computer. Ian always dreamed of becoming a musician but he knew that this was only a dream so focused on the academic side of things as a back up plan. After school, Ian began an apprenticeship in an automotive company and the rest as they say is history!
Graeme is a Principal Manufacturing Research and Development Engineer at Spirit Aerosystems where he builds and manufactures various different parts of aircraft.
When Stella was young she loved to play the piano as well as seeing the world through different lenses playing with her telescope and microscope. Perhaps it was these toys that led her to take up her career as a research associate in the field of optics.
Both of Abdul's parents were engineers so he was exposed to the wide variety of options available to him from a young age. A natural problem solver, Abdul loved being in his toy room when he was a child making his Lego Technics Models and inventing new models of his own!
Andy always thought he would be a footballer or an astronaut when he grew up, but his love of Meccano and a father who spoke fondly of his own career as an RAF aircraft engineering technician, led him down a different route to work with stuff that goes underwater!
Fiona’s Dad was always fixing something which really appealed to a young Fiona who thought that one day she would become a car mechanic, always enjoying playing with Lego and fixing the bricks herself. However, the sea came calling and Fiona now makes sure that our lighthouses are fully functioning to aid seafarers.
When Dipendra was young he dreamed of becoming an astronaut and being sent on a mission into space. In his current role, he is developing the technology which sends radio waves from satellites in Space to the Earth and feels like he was born for the role!
As a child Ann-Marie loved creating buildings and vehicles out of Lego and always thought she would become an architect or graphic designer. However it was the Aerospace industry that came calling and as a Quality Manager Ann-Marie now helps customers do their own jobs more accurately.
As a child, Li loved playing with Lego and always dreamed of becoming an engineer or a teacher to change the world using the knowledge she had learnt. Fast forward and she is now a successful Motor and electronic chief engineer working towards providing a greener world.
As a child Ruchi loved to play with her electromagnetic set and always knew that she wanted to be a scientist but wasn't sure which pathway she would choose. Ruchi now makes a living as a scientist developing measurement methods and devices for timely and accurate diagnosis of diseases.
When Heather was young, she dreamed of being a writer, thinking up stories of faraway lands. One of her favourite subjects at school was Art and Design, splashing paint across the page to make it more beautiful! Now Heather is a software developer writing code rather than stories, bringing her work to life in different pictures and sequences.
As a child Julie loved playing Multi-puzzle and was passionate about Maths at school so it came as no surprise when she went into teaching. Julie’s career in examining followed on and ran beside her career in teaching allowing her to continue being involved in Maths and helping students to see behind the numbers.
Vidura enjoyed playing with racing cars and robots as a child and now believes he has his dream job giving him a mix of everything that he loves doing - dancing, engineering and education - as an engineer, speaker and street dancer!
Nicky always wanted to be a teacher when she was younger and loved to be outside playing sports, but as she got older she realised that she wanted to be more hands-on and now works in the aerospace industry improving how we build aircraft.
Michelle is the Director of Membership and Professional Development here at the IET and has always had engineering in her blood with a Father who designed hovercrafts and Mother who was at the forefront of computing.
Will could always be found playing with Lego and puzzle games as a child which led him to become a Lead Simulation Engineer at Babylon Health.
As a child Kat loved playing with Meccano and enjoyed Chemistry, Art and Maths at school. Kat now combines her love of science and design in her work as an electrical and electronic design engineer, exploring clean energy solutions for the future.
As a child, Katherine had hopes of becoming a radio presenter, a footballer, sometimes a rock climber, or maybe even an architect. There were so many options out there but she knew that she enjoyed taking things apart and working out how toys worked and with an Engineering Foundation Degree she is all set for her future!
As a child, Christine loved playing with mechanical toys and science experiments, always dreaming up her next invention. So it comes as no surprise that she followed her passion and is now Vice President of the FIOT-Open Lab as well as working at her local university teaching science education to inspire tomorrow’s scientists.
When Mamta was young she loved playing with Matchbox cars, Lego and Spirograph. Mamta always dreamed she would grow up to become a toy designer and that dream came true for her as she went on to be involved in the regulatory and design issues for some of the most popular toy brands in the World!
Jerry always loved playing with his model railway when he was younger and with a love of maths and physics, engineering was a natural fit where he found his calling within the space industry. Jerry now hopes that he can inspire the next generation with some fascinating space exhibits at the Science Museum.
As a child, David loved to take everyday items apart to better understand how they worked. At school, David’s favourite subjects included material science and technical drawing, and with such a practical and curious mindset it was no wonder that he found his way into engineering.
Beth always wanted to be an astronaut as she was always fascinated with space and the universe. However, during her final year at university, she developed a passion for coding and decided to become a software engineer - perhaps in some part shaped by the fact that she loved playing with an electrical circuit building kit that she had when she was a child.
As a child, Amanda was very sociable and just loved to play with her friends. Her favourite game was Hide and Seek. Maybe that is why she chose to help people as part of her career addressing the under-representation of young women and girls in STEM as well as the leaky unemployment pipeline in Africa.
As a child, Swaleha always wanted to be an astronaut or scientist, looking through her tiny binoculars to gaze at the stars. She now works as an electrical engineer serving uninterrupted power to a city of 22 million people whilst shattering the stereotype of women working in this field.
As a child, Sam wanted to be everything from an astronaut to an architect and even an Olympic Gymnast. Sam loved playing with her Duplo and Lego where she used to build petrol stations and motorways for her toy car collection! Sam now works on the railways providing much more efficient and comfortable rail journeys.
Rafsan always dreamt of becoming a pilot when he grew up and as a child could often be found making paper aeroplanes. He now works as a Mechanical Engineer for Rolls-Royce where he is helping to create a jet engine that will use renewable energy sources to reduce the demand on oil and reduce the carbon footprint of the aviation industry!
As a child, Tina dreamt of becoming a graphic designer and could often be found behind her Etch-A-Sketch creating new images from the lines that appeared on screen. Fast forward and Tina now uses these creative skills in her role as Technical Product Manager for Ocado Technology changing the way the world shops.
As a child, Stephen loved playing football but his favourite subjects at school were Art, Geography and Physics and it was the link to drawing and art that got him into engineering.
Growing up, Dale always wanted to be a Rally Car Driver and loved playing with Scalextric and Lego. However, at school he was never aware of what an engineer did and it was only after completing his Electrical Apprenticeship that Dale realised that his future was going to involve Electrical Engineering.
As a child, Kobe always dreamt of becoming a super inventor, creating all kinds of buildings and machinery with his love of physics and art at school. He has already achieved this dream at a young age as he now creates beautiful buildings and engineering innovations in his role as a structural engineer.