Saturday, 21 October 2017

Between the Details

Adrien Gallet, SELA Cohort 2016

What do you make of the following paragraph?

A fine undrained soil at the end of a jacked displacement pile is preloaded beyond its in situ conditions. Hence, the now preconsolidated soil exhibits an unload-reload loading pattern with a slight hysteric loop, resulting in higher Young’s Modulus values.

Chances are that unless you’re a practising geotechnical engineer who designs pile foundations, you did not understand much of it. That’s perfectly reasonable. It’s full of technical jargon that takes students an entire year to fully understand. And yet therein lies the largest problem engineers face.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Industry insight: why internships bring you further than just a university education

Adrien Gallet, SELA Cohort 2016

When taking into consideration that the 2016 SELA cohort were just fresher's two years that had just begun their university education, it is quite humbling to realize that some of us got to work on some engineering projects this summer which have a direct impact on the world around us.

As a second-year engineering student, I had the fortunate opportunity of working for 7 weeks this summer at BE Design, a Civil and Structural Engineering consultancy that operates in a broad range of industry and residential sectors. Personally, I helped design the sub-structure of a 200m x 70m distribution centre, and you'd be amazed by the quantity of work that goes into just that.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Three reasons why I joined SELA

Germayne Williams-Sylvester, SELA Cohort 2017

Since starting my first year at the University of Sheffield, I’ve tried my best to look beyond my course, Material Science and Engineering, to broaden my horizons and get as involved as possible with any opportunies that became available to me. First year is where you set the foundations, and build the habits that will follow you into your subsequent years; it is not to be squandered. How you set yourself up, and the environment you put yourself into, have a huge influence on what you can and cannot achieve in future years.

I’ve become entangled with the dancing societies, learning dances such as salsa, bachata and kizomba at every opportunity. I’ve become the chief projectionist for the Film Unit society, and, towards the end of the year, I was ecstatic to find that I had been accepted into SELA. With my enrollment on this programme, I feel as though I have fully achieved what I set out to do this year. SELA has the potential to boost my university experience in an extraordinary way, and here I’ll outline the 3 things I hope to get out of my journey with the programme.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Getting to Grips with Innovation

Holly Nicholson, SELA Cohort 2014

Four current and former SELA members attended a workshop at Gripple’s Riverside Works in June, to get wired about the future of UK manufacturing.

‘We are constantly investing in innovation’ Gripple’s Gordon Macrae is proud to point out. Indeed, the industry’s leading provider of wire tensioners and fasteners did not get where it is, and stay there, without taking risks and doing things differently. Hugh Facey started manufacturing wire fasteners in Sheffield in 1985 after a conversation with a Welsh farmer about the difficulties of tying fence wire led him to innovate a device that would do the job better. Gripple Limited was founded in 1989 and the company has gone from strength to strength since then. The driving force behind the growth is innovation.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Community Impact Award for SELA Member

Kate Drury, SELA Cohort 2016

Over the last academic year I have been the Outreach Coordinator for Sheffield’s Engineers Without Borders society. Engineers Without Borders UK is a national charity, which aims to inspire, enable and influence global responsibility through engineering. The Sheffield society is a student-led branch of the national charity. Our society runs various projects that promote sustainable development and give students hands on experience of solving real world engineering problems.

As the elected Outreach Coordinator, I was responsible for the Outreach Project, which aims to make engineering accessible to everyone. We achieve this by working in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering, Sheffield Volunteering, local schools and the general public.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

SELA in Singapore

Jake Brown, SELA Cohort 2014

As part of my year in industry with Rolls-Royce, I was given the opportunity to spend three months in Singapore, working in the Customer Regional Team. This was a great opportunity for me at this stage in my career as it has allowed me to experience engineering in a new culture and develop both my technical and soft skills. My role in Singapore is to provide technical support to our customers; this role has been challenging and pushed me to develop new skills. I have had to adapt to a new working environment which is very different to the one I left in the UK, however this has been a great chance to learn how to work effectively in a foreign environment.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Leading the Way to a Green Future

Connor Round, SELA Cohort 2015

Connor Round is about to embark on a trip to Hawai’i with The GREEN Program, and shares his story in the first of a series of posts.

I’m soon to embark on a trip to Hawai’i with The GREEN Program. This two-week experience will see me delve into the world of sustainable food systems and energy. I’ll be attending lectures and site visits to develop a Capstone Project to deliver at this year’s World Youth Congress being held at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Each year the World Youth Congress brings together leaders from around the world to explore different themes, from poverty eradication to sustainable development.