• Question: If engineering was a gymnastic move, which move would it be for you?

    Asked by Emmett to Niamh, Ned, Laurence, Colin, Aisling on 4 Mar 2016.
    • Photo: Niamh Shaw

      Niamh Shaw answered on 4 Mar 2016:

      What a great question! I think I’d probably have to say the Parallel Bars- it requires commitment and dedication and passion to achieve that 9.9 from the judges, but once you get really good at it, what you can achieve is mesmerising and shows you that with determination and focus, you can figure out anything- just like an engineer does every day !

    • Photo: Ned Dwyer

      Ned Dwyer answered on 4 Mar 2016:

      I think it would be a floor exercise. Sometimes you run a bit then you suddenly stop cause you hit a problem then you do a summersault which is like having a different perspective and you run for a bit again and eventually you finish the exercise which is like finally creating something new

    • Photo: Laurence O'Rourke

      Laurence O'Rourke answered on 5 Mar 2016:

      Wow, what a question. I guess it’d be a backflip because often when it comes to looking for solutions to problems, I have to keep going back in my analysis to check if I am right before I can be sure of the answer. Also, I choose it because sometimes I feel I have to make an extra effort, often flipping over backwards, to do what has been requested from me.

    • Photo: Aisling Shannon

      Aisling Shannon answered on 7 Mar 2016:

      Maybe a forward roll, it’s not very “rock’n’roll” but you gradually make progress and get to the end. You have to do the basics right to achieve a solution, even if it is not the most glamourous.

    • Photo: Colin Shirran

      Colin Shirran answered on 9 Mar 2016:

      Oh I’ve no idea about any gymnastic moves! I like to think that the engineering method can be seen in all of the padding you have around the really dangerous gymnastic moves. In engineering we like to “over engineer” things and have a large safety factor built in so that we can make it through any failures. It’s particularly common in aeronautical engineering since they have to transport a lot of people everyday. 🙂