Shamira Bagnall Hare
Mechanical engineer, University College Dublin.
And - volunteer, UCD Formula Student team on the electronics team.
We are just as capable as any man.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
In college I study a lot about how things move and interact in a very physical sense. I learn the maths behind bridges, cars, planes, radiators and fluids and also participate in laboratory sessions where we test and prove the maths we study. I get the oppurtunity to use pumps, wind tunnels, workshops and 3D printers. I also learn a lot about materials and manufacturing. I learn how both people and the product are organised in factories to make them more efficient. I also learn to code. I've taken classes in Matlab, Excel, C, Html, CSS, Python and hopefully more to come.
In UCDFS I work on the electrical side of things. At UCDFS we design, build and race a Formula E style car. I help make PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards) for different aspects of the car's circuitory system. I have worked on the connectors for the battery. I've also enjoyed working on the motor and motor controller.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?
I've always known I liked to solve problems. I also liked to be creative. In Transition Year I went on a STEPS course which gives you an oppurtunity to go to a university and try out engineering for a week. When I was there I realised I loved engineering. It was by far the best week of my life. That week was packed full of everything I loved. It combined science, maths, coding, art and problem solving in all the best ways possible. I knew by the end of that week that there was no other course I wanted to study.
This desire to study engineering was only fulled when I started studying for my final exams before college. I studied maths, applied maths, technology, physics, chemistry, english, french and Irish. By far my favourite classes were the sciencey ones where I got to learn how the world worked.
I got a really good taste of project work in technology where I designed, built and programmed my own scale model of green house with an automated lighting and temperature control system. Figuring out challenge after challenge was both the most frustrating and rewarding thing I 'd ever done and I loved it. I was so determined to continue doing the same thing.
Finally, in September of 2018, over two years after that first STEPS course, I finally started studying engineering.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"
WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?
I love wokring in STEM because every day is different. Every project is a new challenge. I wake up every morning excited to be pushed to my limits and to have my skills tested. I love being forced out of my comfort zone and learning new skills on the fly. STEM makes me feel like nothing is impossible and I can learn anything.
BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?
Don't let men scare you away. I went to and all girls school and had many male teachers question my choice and ask if I'd be able to cope in a mostly male dominated world. I promtly replied that it was a boy and not an alien each time. I'd encourage every girl to do the same. We are just as capable as any man.
INSPO / FUN FACT
“Shoot for the moon, if you miss you'll land among the stars.”