Tuesday, 13 October 2015

An Excellent Scolarship for an Excellent Student

The Scholarship for Excellence is awarded by the Hong Kong British Council for UK students studying in there for one semester to one year. The purpose of the scholarship is to promote British-Hong Kong relations. The Scholarship is offered by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) are worth up to £3,000, depending on how long the recipients stay in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong British Council says, "By going to Hong Kong, students can experience the vibrant East-West lifestyle of the former British territory and now Special Administrative Region of China, and learn about a region of vital economic and cultural importance to the UK."

SELA member Holly Nicholson is one such student and is one of around 13 other students from UK universities, (including another from Sheffield!) studying at Hong Kong University and Chinese University of Hong Kong who have been  awarded the scholarship this year.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Summer Placement: Materials Science & Engineering, University of Sheffield


Sam Cheney has been working in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at The University of Sheffield carrying out research into Cure monitoring of Electrically cured carbon fibre ply drops. Here's Sam's story:

"I have been using a novel way of curing carbon fibre panels which uses electrical current to heat up a panel and cure the resin. I have been investigating in particular how heat is transferred when there is a decrease in the number layers of carbon fibre between the connecting plates and finding out if there will be any areas of concentrated heat, ideally there will be no change and the panel will cure evenly, however, from testing this theory I have found that heat is transferred slower in thicker sections so I have started investigating solutions and my end aim for the placement is to solve this problem and move on to more complicated ply drop structures.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Summer Placement: AMRC with Boeing

Robin Hartley has been based in the Process Monitoring and Control group at The University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing for his summer placement. Here's his story.

I am currently completing a ten week placement within the Process Monitoring and Control group at The University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Summer Placement: Alan Wood & Partners

Calum has been working as a structural engineering consultant at Alan Wood & Partners. Here he tells us about his time there.

I have done such a variety of things since starting. I have designed beams for house renovations, making them open planned. I have done the structural designs on an Orangery, designed the gate, gate post and foundations for a college, and have done the architectural drawings for a large office/warehouse for a big company. I have most recently finished helping do the structural designs for the renovation of the student’s union at the University of Hull. I am currently working on a large extension for a three story house. The best part has been what I have been doing at the moment. I have been given a fresh project, to do the structural designs on a large cottage that is going to be built, rather than be altered.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Summer Placement: Caterva

Sarunas Nejus has been working at Caterva GmbH  in Germany this summer as an Energy Storage Systems Hardware Engineer. He tells us what he's been up to.

"I am responsible for the hardware of solar energy storage systems, which, apart from the conventional features they have (energy for household users etc.), being connected to a swam, provide/sink charge to/from the grid in Europe when it is needed (for instance, sudden shut off of a power plant). That is called frequency stabilisation and our systems do it in quite a novel way, thus it’s very exciting to work here. One of the things that attracted me here was that the company is a start-up (you know how things are going in start-ups, don’t you?).

Monday, 24 August 2015

Summer Placement: ARM

Eddie is studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering. His summer placement was with ARM working within the Systems and Software Group.

Studying Electronic Engineering, I’d heard a lot about ARM, a semiconductor and software design company, designing the IP which goes into 95% of smartphones, 80% of digital cameras, and 35% of all electronic devices. Recently described in an article as an “invisible brand”, given that most consumers of these products may not have ever heard of the company, my summer internship was always going to be a bit of a voyage of discovery!

At the time of writing, I’ve only got a few weeks left of the summer placement and have been very fortunate to have been given access to some amazing resources and guidance from industry leading engineers. The experience I have gained from the various projects I’ve been working on in my role within the Systems and Software Group has been invaluable, giving me the opportunity to learn various new programming languages and top of the range industrial software with a market leader in their industry.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Summer Placement: Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Sheffield

Jordan Rickard has been working with the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University  on a research project about new processing techniques to improve the performance of high efficiency NiFe batteries. He tells us what he's been up to:

So far I have been using a new processing technique to manufacture iron electrodes for use in Nickle-Iron batteries. I start the day by preparing the chemicals needed to coat the iron electrode, then using a press that operates at 120°c and 10 tonnes of pressure I fix the mixture to some nickel plates. These can then be placed in a solution with another electrode and connected to a machine that charges and discharges the newly created battery.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Summer Placement: Farnworth Tunnel

James Featherstone is studying Civil & Stuctural Engineering and is doing his summer placement at Network Rail, working on the Farnworth Tunnel project.

I am based full-time on site at Farnworth Tunnel, a tunnel widening project as part of the wider Northern Hub electrification works which Network Rail have undertaken. The project is truly one of a kind and brings with it challenges which are new to experienced engineers and myself alike.

The site originally had two listed Victorian tunnels, built in the 1830s and 1880s. In order to be electrified, one tunnel needed to be enlarged. The two tunnels had tracks running in each direction (known as ‘up’ and ‘down’ in the railway industry). Running over the top of the tunnels is a busy motorway (the A666) and the railway service was required to be kept running while works were done.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Success for SELA's second cohort

Our 2014 students will be joined by the new
recruits in September

Fourteen first year engineering students have been chosen to be part of the 2015 SELA cohort, the second since the leadership programme launched last year.

The candidates won their places on the prestigious programme through a rigorous selection process, involving a detailed application and interview.

The fourteen chosen are studying a wide range of engineering disciplines, including mechanical, structural, automatic control and systems engineering and materials science and engineering.
Mechanical engineering student and keen sportsman, Sam Barnes, was drawn to the subject through his love of cars and bikes, having spent most of his teenage years mending and maintaining his bicycles at home.  He hopes one day to run his own engineering business and says of the SELA programme: “I’m looking forward to learning how best to combine the knowledge gained from my degree with the management and leadership skills that SELA offers, to become a successful engineer.”

Thursday, 4 June 2015

From space to semiconductors, nerve guides to Network Rail

The 2014 SELA cohort are preparing for their first summer placements – a key element in the SELA programme – which are due to start next month.
Several students have secured 8-10 week placements with major engineering firms. These include:
  • ARM, a leading designer and supplier of semiconductor technology
  • Alan Wood & Partners, civil and structural engineering consultants
  • Cambridge Consultants,  product development engineering and technology consultants
  • Network Rail
  • Caterva, which designs solar energy storage systems

Extolling the value of leadership programmes

SELA Director, Professor Neil Hopkinson, was featured recently in The Engineer, writing in support of the importance of undergraduate leadership programmes like SELA.

Professor Hopkinson says: “There are now plenty of excellent initiatives to get school children interested in science and engineering, and these are feeding through to increasing applications at degree level. Targeting more specific leadership programmes at undergraduate level is now needed. Those that walk through the door of our universities, signed up to a four-year Masters in engineering, are all high quality candidates, destined for a great career. But also among them are some exceptional individuals who have what it takes to play a leadership role in the sector.”

Monday, 11 May 2015

Advanced Leadership Awards

Yun-Hang Cho, Cohort 2014

In the midst of our exams, came a very important application deadline for students who had a vision to become leaders in the Engineering industry. It was the Royal Academy of Engineering Advanced Leadership Awards. In my eye, this was the first and most basic test of leadership: time management. Only those with the effective control and use of time would be able to organise time for revision, coursework and still submit an outstanding application.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Inspiration from Roma Agrawal

Holly Nicholson, Cohort 2014

 “You can always tell when there is an engineer on the viewing gallery of The Shard,” says Roma Agrawal, “Because instead of admiring the view of London, they’re looking up at the amazing steel structure of the spire.”

Roma is talking about Western Europe’s tallest building, one of the most recognisable towers in the world, and the building she spent six years working on as a structural engineer. She designed the spire and the foundations of The Shard, and her pride in her work shines through her talk.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

SELA makes headlines

The University of Sheffield’s initiative to set up SELA has been reported in the engineering press this month. The Manufacturer covered the story on February 3 (see full story here) and it was later picked up by Engineering Opportunities, an engineering careers and training guide produced by the IMechE and supported by major engineering institutions such as the IET, IOP, IChemE and ICE (see full story here).

Friday, 30 January 2015

Roma Agrawal is coming to SELA!

You may recognise her face from a recent M&S campaign called 'Leading Ladies' or from a C4 documentary on the Shard where she featured as the only woman, described by The Guardian as 'a top woman tweeter', she has designed bridges, skyscrapers and sculptures with signature architects over her eight year career and has numerous industrial awards under her belt.