Getting Your Engineering Ideas Off The Ground: With LIYSF Alumnus Jameer Emamally


“Engineering is the practical application of science. It’s about taking something that you’re learning and discovering in labs, and then turning that into something that can benefit mankind.” - Jameer Emamally

Jameer Emamally attended LIYSF in 2003 as a participant, and since has developed a strong reputation for working in engineering and management at a national and international level.

Emamally gave our LIYSF participants an insight into the practical side of science and its applications to engineering, as well as thinking about how we can use the things that we learn through science in a way that can Make Life Better!

Pragmatic Development of Your Ideas

Jameer explored the ideas around a specific question which he had in mind and posed it to our students for discussion. It was simply:  

“How do you take an idea in your head and then give it traction out there in the world?”

He further added to this question asking our participants to delve further into his initial question:

What does the process look like? What skills will you need? How will you build your team? What obstacles are you likely to face? What will you need to be cautious of?

In order to demonstrate and elaborate on these questions in context, Jameer decided to explain step-by-step the process of developing a new aircraft from start to end, and not just any regular aircraft, one that is capable of carrying 50% more passengers – from scratch!

Developing An Aircraft – It’s Not Quite So Simple!

What could come to mind when you think of engineering a new aircraft? It could be a mixture of: Aerodynamics, aircraft material, electronics, fuel, internal layout and other design aspects.

Jameer explained further, that despite all the above, there are an unprecedented number of factors that accumulate together to create any aircraft.

There are numerous questions to be answered, such as:

  • Where do you get the components of the aircraft from? – Perhaps there are specialist companies in faraway countries. If that’s the case, how will you transport the components?
  • Where do you store the components when they arrive?
  • How can you make the process as simple as possible to minimize chances of error?

There is significantly more to consider than what’s initially thought when you first hear the word ‘aircraft’ due to complex and subtler aspects forming the backbone of the entire engineering process.

Without the pragmatics, no innovation can happen, so Jameer explained in great detail, a step-by-step basis of what it takes to build and even commercialise an aircraft.

LIYSF As A Platform For Multidisciplinary Collaboration

This step-by-step procedure of understanding the process and logistics of aircrafts with Jameer was eye opening to many of our students.

He encouraged them to take advantage of this time at the forum to apply the process he had taught and talk about their ideas to others as well as trying to develop them further:  

“Maybe you’ve had an idea in your mind for months or even years, and maybe here is the time and place for you to find somebody with a similar idea, and for you to sit down with them and talk to them.”

Humanity is by no means short of problems to solve; from climate change, growing populations to infectious disease – the world is teeming with challenges and opportunities for our young scientists and engineers.  

There are many dimensions to the process of combating these problems; technical, legal, management, commercial and more. Jameer reminded the students that if they want to see their ideas manifest themselves in the world, then one of the most important things they will need to consider is how they build their team:

“Think as far ahead as you can. Bring people into your team and work together. It’s a bit like the science forum here today; you’re all going to make new lifelong friends here, and you’re all going to have different ideas.”

Using engineering to Make Life Better

Jameer also reminded our students that LIYSF is the perfect opportunity to talk to other likeminded people and share their passion about research and topics which have intrigued them before the Forum:

“You are tomorrow’s scientists. You are tomorrow’s engineers. You are tomorrow’s leaders. You have a unique opportunity here at the science forum to meet likeminded people, to get to know them, to learn about their capabilities, and to learn about their ideas.”

Multidisciplinary, diversity and collaboration are essential factors in a competent team and are a fundamental aspect of the LIYSF experience.

LIYSF offers a platform for our students which aims to offer a plethora of opportunities for them to discuss, develop and take away new ideas and inspirational aspects of scientific ideas. Resultantly, Jameer’s presentation together equipped our participants with a better understanding of how to get their ideas off the ground, and Make Life Better!

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