• Question: who is your favourite engineer

    Asked by 11joasheb1 to Andy, Bill, Grant, Kayleigh, Rain on 16 Mar 2012.
    • Photo: Bill Price

      Bill Price answered on 16 Mar 2012:

      Well its a guy called Ron Slade. He works at WSP and has done for a long time. Brilliant, modest, committed, fun and always somehow has a bit of time to help.

    • Photo: Andrew Hearn

      Andrew Hearn answered on 18 Mar 2012:

      I think the general public would think of someone like Isambard Kingdom Brunel when asked “what is an engineer?”, I admire the man too (perhaps also, excuse my name-dropping(!), because he married a second cousin four times removed of mine!).

      In my field, it is Dennis Ritchie – he engineered UNIX and the C programming language, which still influences so many sides of software 40 years on!

    • Photo: Kayleigh Messer

      Kayleigh Messer answered on 18 Mar 2012:

      My favourite engineer is a man called Patrick Head. He was a co-founder of the Williams F1 team and the technical director when Williams were doing really well in the mid-90s – which is when I started getting interested in F1. I loved his attitude and was the only engineer I knew of in motorsport when I started to think of engineering as a career, so he was a big inspiration to me.

    • Photo: Rain Irshad

      Rain Irshad answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      The guy I work with at Oxford. He’s called Jon Temple and he’s been working on space instruments since he was 16. As a student, I really wanted his job – now I get to work with him. That’s even better…

    • Photo: Grant Cairnie

      Grant Cairnie answered on 20 Mar 2012:

      Dyson has done very well