Usama Al-Naimi has spent his summer vacation working with the team at OpenWorks on everything from engineering technology development to creating marketing materials and branding concepts.
Usama studies at Gosforth Academy in Newcastle upon Tyne, and is entering his final year this month. He has been a high achiever throughout his school life and now focusses on his love of product design and the sciences.
James Cross, OpenWorks’ Marketing Director explained “I mentored Usama through an Engineering Education Scheme Project during his last academic year, when he approached me looking for summer placement opportunities I knew we had to get him involved here. He’s incredibly creative and helped us explore new ideas during the development of our SkyWall concept. He threw himself into any challenge we presented and added real value to the team during our prototype testing. We wish him well for his final year at Sixth Form and have no doubt that he will succeed in whatever engineering path he chooses.”
Usama is particularly interested in bridging the gap between art and the sciences, working to create effective and innovative solutions to real-life problems.
“Spending the summer with the OpenWorks team has been an incredibly valuable experience, cementing my passion for engineering, design and innovation. The diverse skillset within the company has created an interesting learning environment for me to look forward to each day. The team exposed me to a vast range of creative and technical problem solving techniques, always taking time to explain the theory behind their ideas. I was truly honoured to be a part of the journey. I’m excited to follow their progress with the SkyWall project, and look forward to seeing what the future holds for OpenWorks. I see no limit to what they can achieve”.
The OpenWorks engineering team have supported local schools and universities throughout their careers and believe it is vital that students are exposed to real world engineering challenges.