PhD student at University of Leeds wins national engineering competition

Leon Wechie, PhD student from the School of Mechanical Engineering, has been voted most inspirational engineer by school students from institutions throughout the UK as part of a national competition.

The competition, titled ‘I'm an engineer get me out of here’, is an inspiring educational event that enables school students to interact with engineers online. The students challenge engineering researchers over fast-paced live chats, and decide on the most impressive engineer as the winner.

Aspiring engineers are given the opportunity to ask stimulating educational questions, and vote for their favourite engineer to win a prize of £500 that enables them to communicate their work with the public.

The latest competition winner, Leon Wechie, has won £500 to spend on more public engagement. He discusses his part in the competition:

“I had a great time talking to young students across the UK about what being an engineer involves. They asked questions about my PhD work, what it entails from the pros to the cons, what inspired me to become an engineer, the best possible advice I could give to someone who wants to pursue a career in engineering, and many other questions.”

Leon Wechie, PhD student from the School of Mechanical Engineering at University of Leeds, talks about how he has inspired some of the world’s future engineers:

“I was enthusiastic about relaying my knowledge, experience and key information that I knew they would benefit from hearing at their young age. The majority were very receptive, some captivated, and so it's a pleasure knowing that we were able to encourage some of the world’s future engineers.”

For more information about the competition, visit the 'I'm an engineer get me out of here' website.