What is your job title?
I am Dr Viddy Peesapati, and I am a Research Fellow in High Voltage, in the School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the University of Manchester. My work involves around making sure our electrical network works reliably. So, I work with electrical companies in making sure equipment working at hundreds of thousands of volts, does not break down.
Describe your journey into STEM.
I always wanted to be an engineer, as far as I can remember. I felt I could repair anything in the house, when it broke. I couldn’t, but it motivated me do try harder and pick engineering.
The truth is, I did not know if I wanted to become an Electrical and Electronics Engineer though (I was 16, there was a lot I didn’t know about). It was a hard choice to make, as I was torn between Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. I chose Electrical Engineering, as I was confident there were good future and career options. Looking back, I did the right thing by choosing Electrical and Electronics and I do not think I would want to be anything else now. I love my work today, and I look forward to coming to work every day. I think this is the biggest win I could get from my Degree.
What is a STEM-related question or challenge you would love to solve one day?
The STEM related question I would like to tackle is how do we attract more people into Science and Engineering? These areas have both attractive career and future prospects. But in spite of this, we do not have enough STEM graduates! As an engineer myself, I see the need for more science engineering graduates to tackle future energy, climate and technology challenges.
Why do you think the Great Science Share for Schools is important?
I would have loved to see an initiative like Great Science Share for Schools when I was at school! I always thought Mathematics and Physics were so hard and I wouldn’t be able to do engineering. This was not right, but I lacked the information needed to make that decision. I think initiatives like this will help break the stigma towards Science and Engineering. I had to work hard in some subjects, but that would have been the case in any degree! Science and Engineering is about being able to do things, creative and analytical thinking, and more than just physics and mathematics.
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