Thursday, 26 July 2018

What the MATE Competition taught me about leadership

Khaled Saad, SELA Cohort 2016

Since last year, I have been leading the first team from England to enter the MATE ROV, an annual, international competition to design and build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). The competition focuses on developing technical and entrepreneurial skills. All participating teams are required to act as a company and to approach the competition as a project provided by a client. Teams are also required to raise their own funding, market their vehicle, and to carry out outreach activities.

I decided to join the competition to put the skills that I gained from SELA into practice, and to gain more experience in managing people and resources within a technical environment. Over the course of the project, I learned a lot about what it takes to be a successful leader and I will summarise some of those key lessons in this post.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Going out of this world to inspire next generation of engineers

SELA and Sent Into Space, a company run by two Sheffield PhD graduates, have partnered in a bid to inspire young people into engineering by sending schoolchildren’s cards to the edge of space.

At the ‘Think Inside the Box’ event in April, held at the Magna Science Centre in Rotherham, over 2,000 young people from across the South Yorkshire region were able to engage and learn about nine different engineering disciplines through SELA’s interactive exhibits.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Urban Flows Sensor Competition Success for SELA Graduate

SELA Graduate, Yun-Hang Cho, has won the Sensor Build competition with the Urban Flows Observatory. Yun was an active member of the inaugural SELA cohort, and is currently studying for a PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of Sheffield.

The competition, sponsored by Siemens and Autodesk, invited engineers across Sheffield to present their innovative sensor designs on improving air quality, health or energy efficiency. It was Hosted by the Urban Flows Observatory, which is part of a wider group of UK Urban Observatories, addressing issues of infrastructure development. The Urban Flows Observatory aims to bring together fixed, mobile, atmospheric and satellite data that measure a range of environmental and physical criteria across a wide range of temporal and spatial scales. This will provide the opportunity to deploy advanced data fusion techniques to create a dynamic understanding of the flows of energy and resources in the city that is globally leading.