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Luke Fowler is a mechanical engineer whose career was kick-started aged 16 by a four-year apprenticeship at a niche engineering firm called Allen Gears in Pershore, Worcestershire, which makes giant industrial gear boxes for everything from oil, gas and power generation to marine propulsion in ships.
Allen Gears allowed Luke to go on to study for a four-year Masters in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Birmingham. Luke now works in research and development, designing and testing gearboxes that typically measure two metres high and cost anything up to half a million pounds. Luke's latest project has been designing a tidal turbine gearbox - a highly challenging and technical brief which has tested his knowledge to the full.
Luke is a STEM Ambassador at a local school, where he mentors students working on technology projects.
Luke is pictured inside a two-metre diameter epicyclic gearbox casing, destined for a hydro power station in Retiro, Brazil.