As an engineering student, you could study any topics from waste management and recycling, to water treatment

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Cat Clarkson studies Environmental Engineering at The University of Nottingham and has been studying engineering for the last seven years

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It's easy enough to make a jacket water-resistant. But what about a shoe, a hearing aid or even a paper tissue? Hal Hodson meets the researchers taking waterproofing into the future

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