Im clutching at straws here but as High Rise engineers we are inventing ever more efficient ways to design and construct tall structures. More and more people (globally) want to live in cities and that means going high. Hence economical buildings ‘help with today’s life’.
When I was in the sixth form, I did some work with the Biophysical Chemistry people at Manchester university, and I solved the molecular crystal structure of a compound they’d created.
It was something they were hoping could be used as a treatment for Alzheimer’s, and the molecular structure was crucial in determining whether or not it would work. I didn’t invent it, but it felt good to be involved.
Not directly no. But with software-on-microchips being so everywhere, also on things that leads to someone helping people’s lives, i.e. via communication technology, I’d like to feel that whatever I do has a positive, indirect, effect on people’s lives. But there hasn’t been a particular thing which I can say “I did that!” – but I like the idea of working towards this.
I have contributed to many things which will help but not invented them directly. A lot of my work is related to emissions control and hopefully that will save lots of people from health problems in the future.