At the University of Sheffield, Professor Zi-Qiang Zhu FREng is the Head of the Electrical Machines and Drives Group, the Royal Academy of Engineering/Siemens Research Chair, Academic Director of Sheffield Siemens Wind Power Research Centre, and Director of CCRC Electric Drives Technology Research Centre. 






“Engineering can really change the world, and there is a good job market.”

How would you describe your current role to someone who knows nothing about engineering? 

I am a professor working on the key components for wind power generation and electric vehicles.


Why did you choose to go into engineering?

I prefer to do something that I can see physically.


What do you like most about being an engineer?

As a professor at the University of Sheffield, I help many industries solve real engineering problems as well as help students gain knowledge and skills.


Tell us about an achievement that you are most proud of.

I have established several research centres, including Sheffield Siemens Wind Power Research Centre.


How do you think racial parity in engineering can be achieved? 

To be honest, I do not see any problem in racial parity in the UK.


Has being a BAME engineer had an impact on your career that is either positive or negative?

Not at all. Working in a multicultural environment always helps, since different cultural backgrounds have complementary strengths.


How has the ethnic diversity of the profession changed since you started working in engineering?

To be honest, fewer people from the UK are becoming involved with engineering, but more people from Asia are choosing it as a career.


What would you say to someone considering a career in engineering? 

Engineering can really change the world.

This profile was created for Black History Month in 2018. All information was correct at time of publication.