Welcome to Season 4 Episode 26
Fast Pace of Innovation
Richard Hopkins is an EA Companion. He left school at 16 to work in Formula One which he saw
formula one as a bit of an avenue to make something of myself.
And he has. Now Richard is a Professor of Practice at UNSW and is training the engineers of the future on keep up with the innovations that are regularly happening.
What we don’t want to do is create engineers that then have another further 12 months of onboarding in the workplace to familiarize themselves with that technology
Richard discusses how universities and industry can work together to ensure we are training our future workforce to be up to date with the technology they will be asked to work with.
Extra discussions during the episode
Future: Keep up!
I think it’s very much just keeping up with the rate of pace of change
Advice: Be curious
Nothing’s perfect in this world. And engineers have a responsibility and the ability to change things for the better
I was a kid in the seventies when Concorde started flying and that absolutely was just a Marvel, way ahead of its time
He was a practical engineer, but he was a theoretical engineer as well
About Richard Hopkins
Our guest today is an EA Companion. He successfully turned his boyhood dream into reality and became involved in Formula One at the age of 16.
His Formula One career started with Brabham under Bernie Ecclestone’s leadership. Then in the early ninties he joined the world–renowned McLaren F1 team. He started travelling the world on the Grand Prix circuit as a mechanic, where he experienced the taste of winning for the first time.
In 2007, our guest was asked to join the young but extremely enthusiastic Red Bull Formula One team, and was given a very clear and simple mandate on joining: “Make us into a team of winners”! And he did!
2015 saw our guest decide to retire from Formula One and move to Australia. He is now a Professor of Practice at the University of New South Wales as well as running his own High-Performance coaching business.
At UNSW, our guest runs the Sunswift Solar Racing team that he helped cross the line in 1st place at the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.
Richard joins us celebrate 70 years of Formula One engineering magic.
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