Young engineer uses skills to help other survivors
Occupation: Part-time product tester, Blatchford (prosthetics)
Of all the possible introductions to engineering, Rishi Vegad’s experience is one that few would wish for. In 2010, at the age of 22, Rishi was hit by a drunk driver and lost a leg as a result of his injuries.
During his rehabilitation he was fitted with a prosthetic leg made by Blatchford, one of the world’s leading makers of artificial limbs, and subsequently started working for the company part-time, while beginning an engineering degree at Kingston University.
“University can be quite detached from the real world and working for Blatchford allows me to be part of a real-life project where a company's fortunes are on the line,” he says. “I get to work as part of a large team of multi-disciplinary members and see how everyone works together. These skills will be valuable when my own career begins.
“I would love to work in the prosthetics industry as I have been exposed to it through limb loss and I am quite fascinated by it. There is also a good feeling about helping people back to normal life through engineering.”