To celebrate October’s Black History Month, the Royal Academy of Engineering interviewed some inspiring engineers from different backgrounds, including our very own Body Rebuilder – Chris! See what he had to say…
Chris Caulcrick works in medical robotics - developing exoskeletons to help people recovering from strokes and studying how robot assistance can help patients.
Why did you choose to go into engineering?
Throughout my childhood, I always liked to tinker with things and solve problems. At school, I found that I was good at, and enjoyed, maths and physics. For me, engineering was a natural choice as it offered a hands-on, creative experience. I was also drawn to the broad career opportunities and future pathways that a background in engineering would offer me.
What do you like most about being an engineer?
Engineers tackle a real variety of topics and challenges across society. I also like being an engineer because of the teamwork involved – I am always working and interacting with people from diverse backgrounds to solve problems collaboratively.
Tell us about an achievement that you are most proud of.
I have worked on a human-machine interface for a quadruple amputee, and I am proud to have contributed to research that will make a real difference to the quality of life for those with disabilities as this is something I believe is very important.
What would you say to someone considering a career in engineering?
A career in engineering is a brilliant choice that offers a huge range of options for the future and a stimulating career. Spend some time exploring the kind of jobs engineers do. Find work experience if possible, get a sense of the industry by attending events. There are many areas of the industry where you can contribute, so find what genuinely excites you!
You can read the full interview with Chris on the Royal Academy of Engineering website.