• Question: Where do you all see yourselves in 20 years? :3

    Asked by swagba to Billy, Louise, Naomi, Rachel, Urvashi on 17 Mar 2015.
    • Photo: Naomi Green

      Naomi Green answered on 17 Mar 2015:

      Hello again Swagba 🙂

      It was good to talk to you earlier and that is a great question. I have learnt in the last 15 years of my career that although I plan my career carefully and have goals I try to achieve I often don’t end up where I planned because something better comes along! However this is my current plan:

      I’d like to be a Professor or Senior Lecturer at a good quality research lead university. That would mean I ran my own research group of PhD students and researchers. I would be responsible for winning grant money for them to do research with and for supervising them through their PhDs and careers. I’d also be teaching undergraduate engineers on a daily basis, which I really enjoy doing now. My research would still be biomedical focussed but I suspect in 20 years it would be quite different from what I am doing now. I’d like to be more involved in the use of 3D printing and also regenerative medicine to heal tissues which are damaged. Perhaps I can combine both and 3D print tissues to be implanted in the body. It is starting to be done!

      What do you think you’ll be doing in 20 years? 😉

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      Billy Hicks answered on 17 Mar 2015:

      20 years seems like quite a long time away, but I guess it’s always good to plan ahead! I’ve only been working for AstraZeneca for about six months now so am still learning a lot.

      I hope that over the next few years I can try out all the various different jobs an engineer at a pharmaceutical research and development company does. I currently work in developing the process for manufacturing a drug and scale up from a lab sized experiment to a small manufacturing plant. The other roles that I would like to try are supporting the plant and designing and developing the drug product (so turning the ‘active ingredient’ into a form you can take such as a pill or tablet).
      When I’ve tried them all I’ll know which I prefer and aim to become an ‘expert’ in that area so I can better help in the design.

      I think that an engineering degree covers such a wide range of topics that if you ever decide to switch to a different industry you will probably have a basic understanding of anything new.

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      Louise France answered on 18 Mar 2015:

      Sometimes I feel like I dont know what im going to be doing tomorrow, never mind in 20 years time!

      I’ve just started out as a lecturer of medical and mechanical engineering. I love the combination of research and teaching. I think its really important to keep the students up-to-date with the latest technologies and advancements. So my plan for the next 5 or so years is to establish my own research group, meaning that I am in charge of a group of PhD students and post-docs, and can guide the research myself.

      I know that I really want to be an academic so I hope in 20 years time that I will be a professor, and hopefully will have made a massive contribution to the medical devices market and bioengineering research. I hope to have my own spin-out company to manufacture the devices too.

      Dream big 🙂

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      Rachel Pallan answered on 19 Mar 2015:

      I wish I knew that….I’m due to finish my PhD in 6 month and need to decide what I want to do for a career and I have no idea, so I really wish I could answer that. after finishing a PhD there are a lot of job options you can do from staying in research at a university (called a post doctorate) to research in industry or because you learn so many skills in engineering you can apply it to lots of jobs like accountancy, patent law, politics so I could end up anywhere. If I had to guess I think I will be in a large medical engineering company like proctor and gamble or GSK either in the UK or Australia 😀