News Futures Working Lunch: Engineering 04.02.2022

On Friday we were delighted to welcome Old Dolphin, Imogen Francis (Class of 2018), for the first in our series of Working Lunches, part of our Futures programme. Imogen is studying Civil Engineering at Warwick University and after three years is spending a year in industry as part of her degree. She has the accolade of being one of only six Institute of Civil Engineering scholars and has worked on some fascinating projects.

At present Imogen is working on London Power Tunnel 2 which is a multi-company sponsored tunnel construction project that runs from Wimbledon to Hurst that will carry cables for the National Grid. Imogen described the technical aspects of the project and the mechanics of creating shafts and tunnels using tunnel boring machines. Imogen is involved in many aspects of the project which has involved considerable multi-tasking skills, people skills and conflict resolution. Working to strict deadlines is a key requirement as the company will be liable for penalty fees should the project run late. Imogen talked about the importance of students gaining work experience through summer placements and internships and fielded many questions from our pupils about studying engineering and engineering as a career.

After Half Term the series will continue with speakers from General Management, Investment Banking, Music, and Management Consulting.