1 November 2017
Material Scientist by day, comedian by night, BGS Alumna Anna Ploszajski is now also featured in a book curated and edited by world renowned Theoretical Physicist Professor Jim Al-Khalili. What’s Next? highlights 18 world experts in fields ranging from climate change to quantum computing and asks them to predict the future.
Anna’s chapter is on Smart Materials – how new advances in materials science and engineering will bring us self-healing bicycles, adaptive clothing and aeroplanes whose wings actively change shape during flight.
Anna, who left Dame Alice Harpur School in 2009, went on to study Materials Science at Oxford University (2009-2013) and has recently completed her engineering doctorate at University College London in hydrogen storage materials. This year she was honored as Young Engineer of the Year by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Anna commented: “I wish a book like What’s Next? was around when I was at school and trying to decide on careers. Each chapter is written by different experts from all corners of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), and it exposes readers to the most fascinating and up-to-date research out there – actually, some of it has not even happened yet! This book is suitable for anyone with even the smallest inkling that STEM might be for them.
I would particularly encourage any students who are wondering whether STEM is for them to give it a go. After all, you’re the generation that will be making these predictions a reality!”
A fascinating, informative and fun book, What’s Next? is now available online and at your local book stockist.