Lottie Revisits IMPACT

It has been a year since Lottie last visited IMPACT on her #WESLottieTour and what a difference!

Lottie was thrilled to see all the changes since donning her hard hat and getting stuck in during the construction phase. With the building now complete, Lottie could explore all the IMPACT building has to offer.

Every year the Women’s Engineering Society Young Members’ Board (YMB) organises a ‘Lottie Tour’ as a way to capture the interest of a younger engineering audience by showing current engineers ‘touring’ with Lottie Dolls during Tomorrow’s Engineers Week.

This year WES is celebrating its centenary, so the idea is to show how much engineering has changed over the past 100 years with the theme ‘Then and Now’.

Lottie learnt that the construction of IMPACT (Engineering North) was completed in May 2019 and is due to officially launch in February 2020!

The building itself is divided by a linked atrium into two distinct areas, which include a research office building and a laboratory building with 1,600m2 open plan workshop. Together they house:

* 80 single occupancy offices
* Hub space for over 150 researchers
* Colocation space for 50 industrial and academic collaborators

Following a tour of the building, Lottie spent some time learning about current IMPACT research. After experiencing the workings of a 3D printer with Professor Adhikari, Lottie got to learn all about the use of artificial intelligence in manufacturing with Dr Cinzia Giannetti.

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