Tuesday, 27 February 2018

International Networking: An Industry Visit in Bangladesh

Tahira Resalat, SELA Cohort 2017

‘Never be afraid to pursue things,’ and ‘Be a self-starter. A go-getter,’ are two of the many simple and yet exceptionally profound things SELA guest speaker, Gareth Griffiths said during his talk. There was something very fitting about Mr Griffiths being our final guest speaker of the semester in that he inspired me to end my year on a very productive and positive note. Following his talk about how important he thought networking was, not only within British and European companies, but globally also, I decided I wanted to gain some international experience over the Christmas holidays.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

SELA student success in The Sir William Siemens Challenge 2018

Brandon O'Connell, SELA Cohort 2016

Last weekend, I was very excited to be partnered with five other fantastic engineers from a variety of disciplines and universities to form Team Simotion, competing in the first Sir William Siemens Challenge, MindsphereLive, with Siemens UK.

The MindSphere is a cloud-based, open IoT operating system from Siemens that connects your products, plants, systems, and machines, enabling you to harness the wealth of data generated by the Internet of Things (IoT) with advanced analytics.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

On the Track to Success!

James Featherstone, MEng GMICE, SELA Cohort 2014

Since graduating in 2017, I have joined Network Rail’s engineering graduate scheme. I was sponsored through my time at university as part of the ICE QUEST Scholarship, which involved undergraduate placements with Network Rail throughout each of my summers at university. I was lucky enough to be involved in some incredible infrastructure schemes – Birmingham New Street, Farnworth Tunnel and Hinksey Flood Alleviation Scheme – as well as going on visits to some of the other projects and famous infrastructure across the country.

In my second year of university, I was successful in applying to Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy’s inaugural cohort. This was something I was particularly keen to be a part of in order to build on my softer skills – leadership, organisation, presentation, teamwork, networking and self-awareness. What I didn’t expect was the incredible opportunity SELA would present me and others with to have access to engineers and academics who were the leaders in their respective fields, as well as the benefits that working in a group of like-minded individuals on lengthy projects would have.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

SELA: A Chance for Leadership Theory to become Practice

Vincent Crasborn, SELA Cohort 2016

As a SELA student I often get asked what it is that we learn, and why we learn it, by fellow students. When I explain that we explore how to be effective leaders in engineering, the conversation can go in all sorts of directions, however many of them have the same reaction. Surely leadership theory is just that: theoretical, and in the end it all just wastes time that you could be using running simulations, writing code or researching components.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Revisited: Three Reasons Why I Joined SELA

Germayne Williams-Sylvester, SELA Cohort 2017

This post is a follow-up to Germayne's previous blog Three Reasons Why I Joined SELA.

The last time I did a blog post I outlined how, at the end of my first year, I had been involved in a number of societies and had managed to secure my place with SELA. I detailed the 3 things I wanted to get out of my journey with SELA – and I think it appropriate to update you along the way, instead of just giving you the final product.