Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Summer Placement: Geotechnical Engineering in The Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield

SebastiĆ  Despuig Reid, SELA Cohort 2015

In 2008 the Government signed the Climate Change Act which has the duty to cut 80% of greenhouse emissions by 2050. Therefore, the government needs to shift to alternative and cleaner sources to produce electric energy like wind. Three quarters of the planet is covered in water; therefore, it is no surprise that we look further away from our coast shore to take advantage of powerful nature sources. Nevertheless, there are some limitations due to costs and current installation methods which are mostly related to the foundations of the wind turbine, therefore there is need to find solutions to manufacture and install larger and cheaper wind turbines to meet the Climate Change Act target.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Summer Placement: Integrated Manufacturing Group at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

Ben Quickfall, SELA Cohort 2015

Between my second and third year of university study I was delighted to be offered a 12 week summer internship at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre’s (AMRC) Integrated Manufacturing Group (IMG).

The AMRC are one of seven High Value Manufacturing, Catapult companies. The aim of these companies is to bridge between academic research and industry, completing research which tackles current problems and is industrially commercial. This is with the aim of maintaining Great Britain’s position as one of the world’s leading countries in state of the art technology and innovation as well as driving the country’s economic growth in this sector.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Summer Placement: Gripple

Sam Barnes, SELA Cohort 2015

As a mechanical engineering student, I looked for a placement that offered both the opportunity to put into practice the skills and knowledge that I had gained so far in my degree, and also to gain a broader understanding of engineering in a business environment. Following a very successful visit to their premises with SELA, I applied for a summer placement at Gripple Ltd, a Sheffield based engineering company specialising in wire tensioning devices and overhead suspension systems. Having applied through the People and Culture department I was invited for an interview with Neil Clarke and Charlotte Hill, both of whom were product managers in the marketing department, and was lucky enough to be offered a placement.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Summer Placement: Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Sheffield

Samuel Grant, SELA Cohort 2015

Over the summer of 2016 I had the opportunity to take part in the SELA Summer Placement Scheme. Through the programme I worked with Dr Mark Ogden in the Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) department.

My placement started off like any new research project, by creating a white paper of previous research in this area. This took about two weeks to finish, under the guidance of Dr Ogden, by which time I had gained some insight into the process that was being used and any limitations that existed.