Katie Hancock

Product Design Engineering Student, University of Glasgow

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You have the chance to change the future and decide what it’s like!

What do you do?

As design engineers, we merge the technical aspects of engineering with design principles to come up with innovative and functional products. We have the ability to design the inside and outside of products!!

Why did you choose this field?

At school I always enjoyed and was good at technical subjects such as maths and physics however, I also had a big passion for design and art. Design engineering allowed me to be creative whilst solving mathematical problems!

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Being selected to travel to Malawi as part of the ‘FemEng Malawi’ team. FemEng Malawi is a pioneering student led project, with the aim to educate and encourage the next generation of girls in Malawi towards STEM fields.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I’m part of a society called FemEng at the University of Glasgow. The society is all about diversity and inclusion within engineering and it allows us to meet like-minded individuals as well as meet professionals in industry and do outreach to schools which is so rewarding! It’s amazing teaching children about the different types of engineering and explaining what we do to then hear the children, especially girls, say that they want to be an engineer when they grow up!

Best advice for next generation?

Being the minority in the room can be the most important position because you’re the one who will have the different perspective and be able to challenge others ideas! It’s so important to have girls in STEM to diversify teams - anyone can do it! You have the chance to change the future and decide what it’s like!

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

We’re not here to say pink and princesses are bad, we just want girls to know they can build their own castle too.

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