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, 18 October 2017

Summer Placement: Texecom

Ronak Sharma, SELA Cohort 2016

When asked what is an engineer’s role, I had always struggled to provide a satisfying response. So, to find its answer, I became part of Texecom as a summer intern and got the opportunity to contribute to their work as an engineer. Texecom is a security sensors designer and manufacturer and has been in this industry for the past 20 years.

I have always been fascinated by programming and controlling machines and this internship offered me something that aligned both with my interests and my degree (Computer Systems Engineering).

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Summer Placement: Sunway Constructions, Malaysia

Wai Lau (Lucas), SELA Cohort 2016

The advent of technology has finally caught up with the construction industry and has set the tone for the industrial-wide implementation of digital technology within the construction process. The Building Information Modelling (BIM) system has revolutionized the industry.

The system, which incorporates the integration of information systems and computational models, is used to coordinate and manage efforts between architects, engineers, specialists and clients throughout a structure’s lifecycle. This innovative information system, through its significance in expediting construction efforts, has prompted an industry-wide implementation in the EU and has even extended its influence to the Malaysian construction industry.

Monday, 2 October 2017

SunbYte at the European Space Agency

Joycelyn Fontanilla, SELA Cohort 2017

At one point during the application process to join Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy, I was asked to speak about a project that I was passionate about. While there were quite a few enriching experiences in my first year at Sheffield, I chose to talk about Project SunbYte.

Project SunbYte is a student-led project in collaboration with other universities and industry partners: Northumbria University, Queen's University of Belfast, University of Hull, Andor and Alternative Photonics. Our goal is to deliver a low-cost, high resolution method of imaging the sun in the upper atmosphere where atmospheric distortion is minimised. This will hopefully allow us to see the sun's spirals and prominences, thus giving us more insight into the solar flares that threaten our satellite telecommunication and navigation systems. To do this, we are designing and building a two-axis gimbal to be integrated with a solar telescope and actuation system with sun-tracking software. The experiment will be on board the BEXUS balloon as part of the REXUS/BEXUS programme.