Nathanael West has been chosen to feature in a national campaign showcasing how engineers are at the heart of solutions to achieve net zero by 2050.

He is just 1 of 3 engineers from across the UK handpicked to showcase their stories of being a net zero hero to celebrate Tomorrow’s Engineers Week 2021 (8 to 12 November).

Explaining why he chose a career in engineering, Nathanael said:

“I thought about becoming a pilot, but at some point I realised that being a pilot is all about following procedure and trying to avoid challenging situations as much as possible. And I like to think of new ways to solve problems, and that's what engineering is all about, so I'm glad I made that decision.”

“When you’re passionate about something, the work you’re doing doesn’t feel difficult. The reason I’m passionate about engineering is because I want to design things and have some sort of impact on our daily lives, and that is what engineering is all about.”

Dr Hilary Leevers, CEO at EngineeringUK, commented:

“The engineering community is already working to pay back the planet with solutions to address a host of problems, such as how to generate affordable and sustainable energy, to shaping the farms and cities of the future.

“But we also need to focus on the next and future generations - allowing them the space to be creative and equipping them with the technical skills to bring innovative solutions to life. And they are up for the challenge, they are optimistic about what can be achieved in the future, and passionate about improving the world they live in.”

Further highlights of the Week include the first Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Schools COP where students around the country are coming together to discuss the importance of achieving net zero and how engineers behind technological and scientific breakthroughs will be at the heart of the world’s response to climate change in the coming years.