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Jewel Bacani

Jewel Bacani

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I graduated in Mechatronic Engineering from Lancaster University in 2022. Since then I have been based back on the Isle of Man, ready to delve into opportunities in or involving the Engineering sector.

The reason I chose to pursue an engineering degree is because I have always been curious about the process of creating components big or small that unify to complete a functioning machine or product.

I decided to specialise in Mechatronic engineering as the combination of mechanical and electrical/electronic principles intrigues me. Most systems, as technology continues to grow, incorporate all aspects of engineering. Being able to understand the synergy of an electronic and a mechanical system is therefore hugely interesting.

However, my interest would never have grown without the strong influence of my teachers and family. Though gender was never highlighted as a factor or influence growing up, having strong female role models within STEM, guiding and encouraging me by their example, was important, especially within a field that is traditionally dominated by men.

I have always enjoyed the application of physics and mathematics, but I also enjoy the arts. Being able to pursue a career that involves the process of materialising a project, while still using theory from those subjects – both technical and creative, has therefore been significantly rewarding. I wish to continue this experience, to further grow my passion and principles within the technical and inventive facets of engineering, as I use and develop my abilities.

Outside of my engineering interests, I enjoy playing video games, cycling and, recently, crocheting!

The opportunity to be a Love Tech mentor is exciting. Though I am still at the start of my STEM career path, I hope that following my journey and my experience will encourage young people to delve into STEM.