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ACS Cobham students accepted to summer engineering research programme

Published Tuesday 26th of June 2018 12:29:09 PM

The Advanced Technology Institute at the University of Surrey has awarded two ACS Cobham students places at its summer long research programme, alongside Dr Radu Sporea, lecturer for the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The research places were awarded last week, which coincided with International Women in Engineering Day (INWED). ACS Cobham students, Hannah Wagner and Kai Yamasaki. Students, Hannah Wagner, aged 17, and Kai Yamasaki, aged 16, will be researching photolithographic masks which are used to manufacture circuit boards. The programme will last five weeks, working with professional engineers and researchers. The placement offers Hannah and Kai practical experience in the engineering sector, helping them gain the skills needed to further their knowledge at university and beyond. Hannah Wagner commented: "I'm really looking forward to starting the research programme at the University of Surrey and getting to know those who I'll be working with. Currently, I am looking into studying engineering or computer science at university, but I'm hoping this programme will help me specialise my interests further. "It's quite widely acknowledged that there are less girls entering the engineering sector - so I'm really proud to have been selected for this placement, especially since this month it was International Women in Engineering Day. I think to get more girls into STEM subjects we need to first remove the mentality that we only enjoy and excel at certain subjects." Hannah and Kai applied for the programme earlier in the academic year and had to show a clear passion for a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subject as part of a written submission. The two students then had interviews before securing places on the programme. Kai Yamasaki said: "After applying for a few different summer programmes, I was thrilled to be accepted to the University of Surrey's STEM research project. It's an amazing opportunity for me to gain practical experience in engineering and help me decide what I want to study at university. The application process was long and sometimes intense, but I'm so pleased I was encouraged by the school to apply." Dr Karolina Hammer, High School Maths teacher at ACS Cobham, praised the students' achievements: "To have two students be accepted to this programme at one of the UK's leading universities for electrical engineering is amazing. Everyone at ACS Cobham is very proud of Hannah and Kai and we look forward to hearing all about what they learnt and achieved in September."
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