• Question: do you make things that are efficent

    Asked by yusuf2002 to Alex on 27 Jun 2014.
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      Alex Lyness answered on 27 Jun 2014:

      Hey yusuf2002,

      Efficiency is a really important consideration to an engineer. This is whether a civil engineer is thinking how efficiently a building can be heated, an automotive engineer trying to make sure his engine is as efficient as possible or an electrical engineer is thinking how efficiently a kettle might use electricity.

      As a design engineer working on medical devices that are a lot smaller and less powerful than those examples I have to be efficient about other things. The regenerative medicine drugs, that the devices I design can deliver, can cost £300 – £30,000 per patient!! So what I have to do is make sure the drugs are delivered as efficiently (as close to 100%) as possible as the NHS cannot afford to waste any of these very expensive drugs.

      Engineers are very good at being efficient!

      Hope that’s what you wanted to hear! 🙂