6th Dec, 2019

Tour of top Alcester firm Quanta to encourage girls in engineering

Correspondent 29th Jun, 2018

PIONEERING Alcester-based company Quanta Dialysis Technologies marked International Women in Engineering Day with an inspirational careers visit for local school students.

The firm opened its doors to 14 girls from nearby St Benedict’ Catholic High School last Friday with a particular interest in Design and Technology.

Chief Engineer, Amit Bose, welcomed the Year 9 & 10 students with a talk on the importance of having ideas and sharing them effectively.

Quanta is at the cutting edge of advanced renal care and after nine years of research and developing its personal dialysis system SC+, the company is ready to launch its device on the market next year.

“Industry is gifted with talented engineers from the educational system,” said Mr Bose.

“This is our chance to give something back to schools. We also value the contribution women bring to this field of work and are keen to recruit more into engineering.”

The firm’s chief technology officer, Professor Clive Buckberry said he wanted to assist teachers by demonstrating the relevance of maths formulas, scientific principles and design techniques, taught in the classroom.

He then supervised a series of hands on experiments which helped students understand some of the practical challenges faced by his colleagues.

Students also met and talked at length to a series of strong female role models in the organisation.

One notable contribution came from Maddie Warren, a patient whose life has not only been saved by having technical solutions for dialysing at home but enhanced by it.

Despite a series of shattered dreams Maddie has turned life on its head and is now a consultant and motivational speaker employed by Quanta. Her careers advice and life coaching capped an inspirational day for students.

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