Vidura, Speaker and Street-Dancer
When he was young, Vidura wanted to be an astronaut and used to think that one day he would go into space to save the world from an asteroid! Vidura says “one of the biggest rewards of being a scientist or an engineer is seeing the impact of your work in real-life. STEM also has the potential to turn around our planet from the ecological and climate catastrophe that it’s facing.”
What’s the most unexpected thing about your job?
The unusual questions children ask. You have to be prepared for anything they throw at you. It’s also pretty funny when children try to copy your moves.
Did you have any role models when you were younger? What inspired you to do the job you’re doing now?
Undoubtedly, Neil Armstrong. I had a poster of his moon landing next to my bed, and I wanted to achieve something great like him. Later in my life, I was inspired by the work of Jacque Fresco who advocated engineering a sustainable peaceful society.
Any influential toys during childhood?
Race-cars and Robots. I loved anything that could be powered. I also made my own toy telescope, which I used to stare in to the sky.
Your favourite subjects at school?
Science and Drama.
GCSE’s, A levels in physics, biology, chemistry and Maths. Geek!
Your reason for choosing this career?
I was always fascinated by engineering and space, although I wasn’t sure where I would end up.
Tell me about your career path to date?
Masters in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Stress Engineer and Technical lead at Rolls-Royce, science educator and start-up educational business, I also became a professional street-dancer and regularly perform at different venues.
If you could have any job what would it be? How does it differ from what you’re doing?
I love what I do I currently. Inspiring and educating children about the future, and advocating my favourite area of engineering (sustainability). I wouldn’t change it.
Your advice to a young person considering a career in STEM?
Explore different topics and areas of STEM while you study, and don’t settle until you find what you love doing.