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Photo of Clement Imbert Meet Clément Imbert.

He's an engineer with a musical twist. Clément has merged his background in engineering and his love of music to create a cool career in science. He's trying to scientifically perfect the steel drum. How cool is that?!
Question Why did you decide to become an engineer?
Answer I decided to become an engineer because I was always fascinated by how things work and I wanted to be able to create such physical things. I also liked the practical hands-on aspect of the job (as opposed to a "clean" office atmosphere) and outdoors aspect as well.
Question What do you enjoy most about your work? Is there anything about it you don't like?
Answer As a professor, I enjoy dealing with students and the challenges of research. I don't like the administrative aspects, the bureaucracy of the university system and the current methods of teaching engineering -- we should use more practical methods of teaching and examination.
Question If I'm a student thinking about a career in engineering, what can I do now to prepare?
Answer In order to become an engineer, you need a very sound foundation in high school mathematics, physics and (to a lesser extent in most disciplines) chemistry. You should also observe how machines and other mechanical and electrical mechanisms work, how structures are designed and other systems in the world around you. You should learn to repair things and get involved in practical projects.
Question Is there anything else you'd like to let Frontiers viewers know about yourself or your career?
Answer I would like to get in touch with people who are doing research on the steel pan or people who can contribute to better quality materials (for pans, sticks, etc.), methods of manufacture and tuning and amplification.

If you would like to know more about Clément Imbert, you can read his biography and check out the questions he answered for Science in Paradise (Show 901) in the Ask the Scientists section.


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