• Question: Do you want to own your own engineering company if so do you think you are close?

    Asked by livster to Andrew, Dona, Liena, Stevie on 18 Nov 2015.
    • Photo: Dona Galhena

      Dona Galhena answered on 18 Nov 2015:

      Being a researcher in engineering is one of the easiest ways to start a company based directly on your own research. For eg. from University of Cambridge, they provide a lot of funding and support if we want to start a company. If I have invented something new (let’s say a new type of a supercapacitor), then the first thing I have to do is to protect that invention so that no one else can make, use, sell or import my invention without my permission. Then I can start my own company and commercialize/sell my invention or I can give permission to an already existing company to commercialize/sell my invention and ask them to give me money. Personally I do not like to start my own company as I do not want to be that busy and also it is a bit risky. So, I sold one of my inventions to a company who wanted to buy it.

    • Photo: Steven Wray

      Steven Wray answered on 19 Nov 2015:

      Maybe in the future! I’m not close yet.

    • Photo: Andrew Allan

      Andrew Allan answered on 19 Nov 2015:

      At the moment this is not my ambition. I like working for RWE and am happy to continue doing this for now.