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From K’Nex to the construction site

Civil engineering student Ben Elphick explains how playing with construction toy K’Nex as a child fuelled his passion for a career in engineering.

To mark British Science Week, Surrey students and academics describe what inspired them to pursue a career in engineering and science.

Watch the video to hear Ben, who is studying for an MEng in Civil Engineering and part of the Surrey ICE scholarship scheme, explain how a childhood playing with K’Nex inspired him to pursue a career as a civil engineer.  

As a child I was always building things with K’Nex; I always wanted to go bigger and better. It gave me a good insight into how the built world really works.

Ben Elphick, MEng Civil Engineering

Become your hero

Whether you’re interested in engineering, biosciences, maths or physics, the University of Surrey offers a wide range of undergraduate degrees to help you fuel your passion for a career in science.

Discover who Jim Al-Khalili, Professor of Physics, picked as his physics hero and find out who Dr Radu Sporea, RAEng Academic Research Fellow, selected as his engineering hero.

Careers in civil engineering

A civil engineering degree can open doors to a wide range of fascinating careers.

Creative and proactive civil engineers combine technical, practical and managerial skills. They are responsible for the planning, design and construction of roads, dams and waterways, tunnels, buildings, harbours, sports stadia, airports and bridges.

Recent civil engineering graduates from Surrey are working for a wide range of companies, including major consultancies and contractors such as Costain, Atkins, WSP, Skanska, Balfour Beatty and Mott MacDonald.

Explore our civil and environmental engineering degrees, read about engineering scholarships and find out more about student life at Surrey.

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