Dr Sarah Green
“I had an early and sustained interest in wanting to know how things work. As a curious, self-entertaining child I liked taking things to pieces and trying to put them back together again and I was also fascinated by microscopes and what things looked like when greatly magnified.
“As a materials engineer my research and teaching interests are based around understanding and optimising the use of materials for load-bearing applications. Projects that I have been involved in have included working with orthopaedic surgeons to develop and validate methods to minimise the amount of wear arising in joint replacement medical implants. I have worked with manufacturing engineers to investigate why welds have failed and have collaborated with polymer scientists on studies to model the dynamic behaviour of off-shore pneumatic barriers when impacted by a moving object. In addition to this, I have engaged with the recycling sector on the viability of using recycled carpets as a feedstock from which to make structural components, and have made investigations in the energy sector into the use of fuel cell technologies working in reverse to clean-up contaminated water.
“Projects vary in scale and duration but all are linked by a need to gather experimental data and then use this to better understand and influence a physical system or process; problem solving in the application of science to technology. Working in interdisciplinary teams, engineers get involved in the design, development, operation, decommissioning and recycling of all aspects of technology, across industrial sectors from energy, infrastructure, transport through to healthcare, manufacturing and communications. The work of an engineer is varied and intellectually stimulating. I can recommend engineering as a career choice for anyone with a curious mind and a willingness to learn. Proficiency with a spanner is not needed, but a willingness to work as part of a team is.”