Royal Academy of Engineering Young Engineers of the Year - Boyang Shen


Dr Shen has just been named one of the 2020 Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) Engineers Trust Young Engineer of the Year, a world-renowned honour for the scientists and engineers who have demonstrated excellence in the early stage of their career, and with prizes of £3,000 each.

Dr Boyang Shen holds a Research Fellowship at Clare Hall and is a Research Associate with the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. He has published around 60 peer‑reviewed journal articles. In 2018, he was awarded one of the highest prizes in the world for graduates in the superconductivity community (IEEE CSC Graduate Study Fellowship in Applied Superconductivity). He made a significant contribution to the electromagnetic characteristics of High-temperature Superconductors (HTS), and the design of medical imaging devices helping early detection of diseases that involve variations in human tissue.

Interview with Boyang Shen (by RAEng)

Why did you first become interested in engineering?

Physics and maths were my favourite courses when I was at secondary school. Engineering transforms these theories to real masterpieces, which have been revolutionary in making life better for every human.

How did you get to where you are now?

I did my bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degrees in the UK (Cardiff University, Imperial College London and University of Cambridge), all in engineering topics. Therefore, it was fairly natural to carry on my research in engineering.

What's your favourite thing about being an engineer?

Engineering is always inspiring and rewarding. Sometimes engineering is challenging, but when you solve the problems it can be great fun.

What would be your advice to young people looking to pursue a career in engineering?

Jobs in engineering are always in demand all over the world. Engineers benefit from jobs that pay well and are respected, and more importantly, engineering equips you with logical ways of thinking that are extremely valuable throughout life.


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