Virtual Engineers

23rd July 2020

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More than 50 school students attended the virtual Engineering Summer School, hosted online by UNIQ with support from Wadham fellows and alumni.

  • A virtual tour of Rebellion was a highlight of the week.

    A virtual tour of Rebellion was a highlight of the week.

  • Rebellion staff members with Mark Thompson

    Members of the Rebellion team with Wadham Fellow Mark Thompson (bottom left)

The ambassadors were incredibly helpful and engaging! The lectures were also a great way of getting a more detailed insight into the way engineering is approached at university. Being able to see where engineering can take you [...] and the Rebellion games studio tour has further increased my affinity for engineering.

Summer school participant

A highlight of the week was a virtual tour of Rebellion studios in Oxfordshire, courtesy of Wadham alumnus Chris Kingsley OBE (Chemistry, 1985).  Rebellion, one of Europe’s biggest independent multimedia studios, is the creator of computer games like Sniper Elite and Zombie Army. 

Summer school participants were introduced to the different elements involved in creating some of the best loved computer games on the market today. 

Academic sessions over the four day summer school programme included mathematical modelling, an introduction to the engineering labs, a live coding workshop and a structural engineering lecture, focused on bridge building. 

An opportunity to question a panel of Wadham alumni engineers prompted a range of questions from ‘what is the most exciting area of engineering?’ to ‘what sort of salary can you expect to earn?’

“An engineer is a problem solver” said alumna Amanda East (Engineering, 1981) who worked for eighteen years in ink jet technology. “Everything that has the hand of man in it involves an engineer – be open to the opportunity and challenges that might come your way….engineers can make real a difference” 

Amanda was joined on the panel by Erol Mustafa (Engineering, 1985), Ernst & Young;Pete Mason (Engineering, Economics and Management, 1994). Barclays Investment Bank; and Rebecca Grady (Engineering, 2009), Ramboll, an engineering consultancy. 

Wadham would like to thank all those who supported the engineering summer school with particular thanks to Wadham Fellow in Engineering, Mark Thompson.

  • Alumni panel

    Clockwise from top left: Erol Mustafa (Engineering, 1985); Rebecca Grady (Engineering, 2009); Pete Mason (Engineering, Economics and Management, 1994); Amanda East (Engineering, 1981) 

I enjoyed getting lots of different perspectives of engineering and I enjoyed the programming intros

Summer school participant