For me, being an engineer is about putting science to work for the benefit of society. Being chosen as one of the Make it in Great Britain '30 Under 30' gives me the opportunity to describe what a career in manufacturing is really about. If you want to make society better, you should consider a career in manufacturing as one of the most rewarding ways to do it.
For some students opening their A-level results last Thursday it was a day of jubilation. Those managing to secure places at university will now spend the summer excitedly anticipating the beginning of Fresher's week and the next chapter of their lives. However for others, this may be a time of considerable uncertainty. As news emerges on the increasingly competitive nature of clearing and demand for university places continuing to outstrip supply, it is more important than ever for students to consider all the options available to them.
The salient issues are simply supply and demand - are we supplying the right number of graduates for the labour market? And of appropriateness - are we producing the right kinds to meet the needs of the labour market?
By not having good results, it changed my life entirely by leaving me to make my own decisions to go where I wanted, when I wanted and how I wanted. The freedom of doing what I wanted to do was a great spur.
On results day itself the UCAS system used by universities and colleges to process applicants experienced technical problems that meant those institutes weren't able to process decisions for over three hours.
Were you watching yesterday's live A Level results day webchat with David Willets on the Telegraph's website?
Worry less about fiddling with the system and realise that improvement comes through hard work, doing the basics well and an ethos of ambition
Whilst working as a researcher and speechwriter in Parliament last year, a staffer from the Chinese Embassy asked me why the British media continually talked down students' achievements. I was shocked to find that the indignation we display towards young people in this country is reported around the world
I know that clearing can be a worrying time for students who don't get the A-level grades they were hoping for when they are published on Thursday - but my message is very clear: keep calm, and don't panic.
As the annual debacle over A-level results begins, it is clear that one outcome will be fewer students going on to study in UK universities this year.