Rebecca Cadwallader in judges panel of TEDI-London’s ‘Thinking Ahead’ engineering taster programme
Waterman’s Rebecca Cadwallader, a Structural Engineer in our London office, joined the judging panel for TEDI-London’s ‘Thinking Ahead’ 2021 engineering taster programme, which took place during June half-term.
The recently-launched TEDI-London is an engineering-focused higher education provider that takes a project-based, interdisciplinary, global design approach, giving students the opportunity to work on projects that respond to real-life industry challenges.
‘Thinking Ahead’ welcomed students aged 16-18 who were interested in a career in engineering to take part in a two-week intensive programme, culminating in a design engineering challenge with a judging panel comprised of industry peers. For this year’s competition, students working either individually or in teams were asked to design and prototype a community structure which uses light and colour to specifically engage people living with dementia, visual impairment or autism spectrum disorder.
As part of the judging panel, Rebecca met with fellow judges Nicola Rutt, who has recently left her role at Hawkins/Brown to set up a new practice, and Professor Mike Sutcliffe, Deputy Dean at TEDI-London, on 11 June to review the submissions and select three winners.
The prize for ‘Best Engineering Solution’ was awarded to Sabrina Wong who used curved structural glass and stone walls to create a generous, interactive and relaxing space for users. Meanwhile, Lara Grant was awarded the prize for the ‘Most Creative’ design, basing her entry on the work of artist James Turrell to create a walkthrough structure with an underwater feel to create a sense of calm for residents. The ‘Most Sustainable’ award went to Naomi Richards who used donated, reused and reclaimed materials for her pavilion structure, considered biodiversity and utilised solar panels connected to the national grid to pay for the build. Finally, Team Ponos were highly commended for their modelling and attention to detail, with their ‘Lotus’ proposal even including consideration of the types of coffee cups used in the café.
Rebecca was impressed with the teenagers ability, noting: ‘’I was amazed by the student’s creativity and ability, and it’s been very exciting to see their work. TEDI-London’s ‘Thinking Ahead’ programme provides great opportunities for young talent to flourish, tackling projects and trying subjects and I was delighted to be part of it.’’
Since pursuing a career in engineering, Rebecca has worked on many notable projects, including Canada Water, a 53-acre mixed use scheme in the heart of London. She is passionate about promoting careers in our industry and has participated in several speaking engagements, school visits and other initiatives.
For further information on the Thinking Ahead programme, visit the TEDI-London website here.