• Question: Hello, thank you for taking the time to read my question. I would like to ask "have you always wanted to become an engineer? If so, what inspired you to follow your dream? If not, what were you previously aspiring to be?" Once again, thank you for your time :)

    Asked by Salad_Fingers to Stephen, Sita, Rory, Hannah, Brian, Alison on 7 Mar 2019.
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      Rory Scarrott answered on 7 Mar 2019:

      I’ve always wanted to be a scientist tbh, but when my brother (who went into engineering) was talking about all the teams work building the A380 superjumbo (he worked on it), I thought to myself… that’s actually seriously cool. So I made the decision to start working more closely with engineers in the science-engineering-people area.

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      Hannah Currivan answered on 7 Mar 2019:

      I wanted to study physics from the age of 12, because I loved watching documentaries on astronomy and space science. But prior to that I wanted to be an Historian.
      The funny think is I wanted to watch a history documentary on ancient Egypt one day when I was around 11-12 years old, but what came up instead was “The Universe” documentary which was about “how the Sun was formed”, and ever since then I wanted to be a physicist/engineer.
      So my interest in history made me a physicist. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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      Sita Karki answered on 7 Mar 2019: last edited 7 Mar 2019 12:46 pm

      You are always welcome. No I did not know I was going to be engineer, I just followed what I liked and this is where I am. When I was young, I knew what I did not want to be, but I did not have much resources like this to talk with scientists etc in those time. I was always open to new ideas and willing to listen to teachers and experts. At one point, I wanted to be pilot but was not very good in physics so I changed my major.

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      Brian OConnor answered on 7 Mar 2019:

      No not necessarily, I would call myself a scientist more than an engineer but my job is mix of both. I didn’t choose it that way just followed subjects that interested me in school and then in university I did Environmental Sciences.

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      Alison Dufresne answered on 7 Mar 2019:

      Thanks for you questions! I didn’t always want to be an engineer. I wanted to be a writer or volcanologist or to work in business. I played around with all those ideas but then I started learning about space. It’s so much more vast and intriguing than any other area or research I’d encountered and when Sci Fi opened my eyes to the possibilities of working in the space industry, well then I became a little obsessed. My dad helped inspire me too. He’s an engineer and he made it seem possible. 🙂