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This is Engineering Day 2019

Posted on 6 November 2019

We’re joining forces with the Royal Academy of Engineering to change the image of engineering.

We’re celebrating This is Engineering Day. Together, we’re helping to change the image of engineering. 

The campaign, led by the Royal Academy of Engineering, is working to bring engineering to life and give more young people the opportunity to pursue a career that is future-shaping, varied, well-paid and in-demand. The aim is to showcase what engineering really looks like, and how it could be an exciting and rewarding path for young people in the future.

At York, engineering means everything from working on making cars safer to leading groundbreaking research in reconstructive cranial surgery.

Professor Ana Cavalcanti

Ana Cavalcanti

Ana Cavalcanti is a Professor of Software Verification at the University and was last year named one of ten Royal Academy of Engineering Chairs in Emerging Technologies.

Ana’s project 'Software Engineering for Robotics: Modelling, Validation, Simulation, and Testing', will develop an approach for practitioners that allows them to solve problems using accessible domain-specific languages. She hopes to move the discipline of software engineering forward, using methods justified by mathematical principles that are routinely used in many engineering disciplines. 

Ana is currently looking to recruit a PhD student to work on the project ‘Model-based engineering in swarm robotics’. Find out more.


Led by Ana, YorRobots is an institution-wide initiative bringing together researchers and practitioners with an interest in robotics and autonomous systems, and their applications. 

Ana said: “This is a very exciting time to work in robotics. There are many challenges, but also strong prospects of significant impact to society and industry. York is contributing in a wide variety of areas, from the development of software and hardware to ethical and regulatory issues.”

Feeling inspired?

Our undergraduate courses are designed to reflect the diverse research strengths of our academics, meaning that aspiring engineers can study anything from artificial intelligence to cyber security.

Our postgraduate courses offer students the chance to continue their studies, with courses such as MSc Safety Critical Systems Engineering teaching students how to manage the risk autonomous systems pose to human lives. Students who want to continue their studies can also join our community of researchers on our PhD and MSc by Research courses

Find out more about the research that we’re doing across the department.