Sam recognises that his recognition is underpinned by learning from SELA, where he has developed professional skills such as presenting, communication, team working and flexibility. Such skills making a huge difference when working on summer placements, and gave him the confidence to, ‘tackle difficult engineering projects, communicate my ideas to a wide audience and embrace new challenges.’
After graduating this summer, Sam will be joining Siemens at its Congleton Drives Factory, working on digitalization of manufacturing projects including Industry 4.0, IoT, Cobotics and Edge Computing. Sam has previously taken part in the Sir William Siemens Challenge, working with a team to construct a digital sculpture, The Heart of the Diamond, which visualized the data provided by Siemens in the challenge using an animatronic heart and brain.Sam says, ‘I would recommend the Siemens Challenge to all engineering students at the University. It’s a really fun way of getting experience applying your technological knowledge and meeting students from other Universities.’
Currently, Sam is using the skills he has developed in SELA as part of his fourth year project working with an industry partner and hopes to go on using them as he progresses within the industry: ‘The communication skills I developed during SELA sessions have been a massive aide in understanding our partner’s requirements and specifications. This has helped us to develop a system that is fit for purpose. Alongside this I am using networking skills developed during the programme to meet new people in preparation for my move to Industry after graduation.’
It’s clear that Sam’s recognition by The Manufacturer and KTN is only the beginning of his journey, and we look forward to seeing him continue to achieve great things as a SELA and University of Sheffield Graduate.