Edinburgh student society HYPED is developing the technology and ideas that could change the way we all travel in the future. HYPED President Stella Antonogiannaki tells us about the potential of high-speed transport systems, 学习如何成为一个领导者, 和大胆的野心.
作为一名学习数学物理的学生，斯特拉对更好的旅行有一个愿景. She would like to see airports connected by a new high-speed transportation system known as Hyperloop to help people travel between cities in rapid times, 有可能减少国内航班造成的环境负担.
“以前有人问过我这个问题，如果机场已经联网了，为什么还要联网呢?”她说. “但威尼斯注册登录主页说的是离职的频率明显更高. 目前有多家超级高铁公司声称每两分钟发车一次, 所以起飞次数明显多于机场之间的航班.
“You could essentially create a mega airport in the UK that would make the country a hub for travel. That would also increase connectivity and increase the ability of people to travel between cities that are quite far apart, 在很短的时间内. 这将使在各个机场之间分配航班负担变得容易得多, so things like an extension to Heathrow wouldn’t be necessary and domestic flights – which are the least environmentally friendly of all – become a bit redundant.”
超级高铁是一种拟议中的出行方式, 2013年，企业家埃隆·马斯克在Hyperloop Alpha的研究论文中推广了这一观点. The concept offers an alternative to high-speed rail but instead of trains that run on tracks on the ground, it sees pods carrying people or goods travelling through elevated tubes at speeds of potentially 1000km an hour or more.
Several companies around the world are developing Hyperloop technology but there is also a very active student community innovating in the field, 一起在全球活动中展示他们的超级高铁提案和原型.
Stella developed her idea to connect airports using Hyperloop systems as a research proposal as part of the University’s HYPED student society. 然而，在威尼斯注册登录主页开始之前，她从来没有听说过这个概念.
“我发现这个被炒作的社会完全是偶然的. 我在欢迎周的社团博览会上走着，有人告诉我, 这些人都很酷, 去和他们谈谈, so I did. I talked to someone who told me about Hyperloop and what the team does and I thought that sounded quite interesting, so I went to their welcome event and I thought there were quite a few interesting things to learn here,”她说.
斯特拉加入了研究小组, 并让软件团队学习编程技巧, and not long after she was asked if she would be interested in running for the position of Research Director, 她后来被任命为. Soon, she became President, a position she holds today, overseeing a membership of 120 students.
HYPED has been operating at the University since 2015 and is widely considered to be one of the best student Hyperloop teams in the UK having received awards from SpaceX, 维珍超级高铁和土木工程师协会. HYPED的成员曾在NASA、SpaceX和谷歌等全球公司实习.
威尼斯注册登录主页的学生领导的团队致力于从三个方面开发超级高铁. 技术团队制造了超级高铁吊舱的原型, 哪些会被带到比赛中, 比如欧洲超级高铁周.
研究团队为创新奠定了基础, 发展路线的建议, 比如Stella提出的连接机场的建议, 或者他们的获奖方案，55分钟连接伦敦和威尼斯注册登录主页, 以及不同技术方法的可行性研究.
第三个团队专注于拓展, developing ways to raise awareness of Hyperloop technology for public audiences and also reaching out to young people, 利用超级高铁来吸引从事STEM学科和职业的年轻人.
“It’s new and exciting and it feels like we’re doing something that hasn’t strictly been done before. 威尼斯注册登录主页正处在创新的边缘, 感觉威尼斯注册登录主页在为一些真实而有意义的事情做贡献. One day we could all be on a Hyperloop together and I just think it’s exciting to get to see it develop,说:“斯特拉.
“We’re offering all of the students that participate in HYPED a very good learning experience, 无论是在工程实践方面还是在研究方面, 公众演讲和领导能力. 当我成为总统时, 威尼斯注册登录主页目标是让它比我发现它时更好——而不是我发现它状态不好, but I think this is a goal we should all have: to take what we’re given and make it bigger and better.”
One ambition Stella would like to see HYPED achieve is the installation of a new test track at King’s Buildings. The track would enable students to push even more boundaries and put Edinburgh firmly on the map as a centre for student-led Hyperloop innovation.
“It would give us the opportunity to adjust our engineering processes to match what the reality would look like in industry, and it would also mean that we could hold events with the public on campus where we showcase our work, 并可能举办欧洲超级高铁周.”
这一雄心正逐渐成为现实. 修建这条赛道的许可已获批准，部分资金也已筹集到位. The team is just waiting to find out the extent of the initial foundation work that needs to happen to be able to raise the remaining funding.
For Stella, 看到这首试听曲成为现实将是她被炒作的职业生涯的完美告别曲. 她将很快离开总统的角色，专注于她的最后一年, 为将来的物理研究做准备. 然而，她的炒作经历让她对未来做好了准备.
“在HYPED的所有职位上，我都学到了一些新东西. My experience in the software team was my first ever experience of coding and that was a great thing to learn. I’ve learned to manage a team - quite a large team of 120 students - and I’ve learned a lot of personal skills like time management and maintaining a work-life balance,”她说.
“Leadership has been a very interesting task and I’ve learned that different things work for different people, and you can’t be too rigid in the way you do things because the method that works for one person might not work for another. 所以灵活一点很好. In my position I get called upon to answer everyone’s questions and I’ve had to learn to make those decisions and do it with confidence and say this is how we’re doing and if it works it works and if it doesn’t, 威尼斯注册登录主页会想出办法的. 我认为无论我将来做什么，我都会重视这一技能.
“I was never expecting the Hyperloop stuff and all of the leadership positions that came with it. I’ve learned a lot from being here and doing all of this and it’s nice looking back to the person who was moving to Edinburgh and was mildly terrified and see how far I’ve come and how much it feels like home. 我现在在这里有自己的生活，很美好的生活.”