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I was first attracted to the course because it started with General Engineering before specialising towards year three and four, which meant I could keep my options open before deciding what interested me most.
I have always wanted to work in motorsport and Warwick Racing provides a great platform for experience building and learning.
The Warwick course is very diverse to begin with, so you are able to get a good fundamental understanding of all areas on engineering, before specialising in what interests you most. I’ve been accepted onto the Graduate Scheme at Jaguar Land Rover and am looking forward to the future!
I love my degree, studying general engineering in the first year enables you to gain an insight into the various streams before deciding which one you want to focus on.
My industrial placement involved working for Rolls-Royce Defence in Bristol between my second and third year, as well as doing various summer internships; from this I now have a job offer. I chose Warwick because it is one of the top universities for Engineering and I liked the campus – it has everything that a student could possibly need.
My time at Warwick has helped me to develop my engineering skills and the experience gained from Formula Student has helped me apply my theoretical knowledge to a real life engineering problem and also to working together as a team with a whole system approach to produce a finished car.
At Warwick, the Formula Student project is currently run as a 4th year multi-disciplinary group project for MEng students. Formula Student is Europe's most established educational motorsport competition, run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
The Warwick Racing Team makes use of state-of-the-art facilities at the International Manufacturing Centre, International Digital Laboratory and School of Engineering, with support from the department's team of research and technical experts. I decided to study Engineering at Warwick because of the links with industry and the employability of the graduate students, but I have since realised there are so many more reasons to apply. I initially studied Civil Engineering, but changed at the end of my second year to achieve a 'Masters in Mechanical Engineering with Fluid Dynamics'.
One of the highlights of this course is the projects on offer, including Warwick Racing for which I was the leader on body structures, leading a team of eight Masters level students to build a single seat racing car for the International Formula Student Competition at Silverstone.
Each year, a team of undergraduates develop a robotic rescue platform for navigating a simulated collapsed building, locating and helping victims, both autonomously and using tele-operation. The team and their robot complete their project by competing in the European RoboCup Rescue Championship in Germany.
The Warwick team has enjoyed a great deal of success over recent years, with our 2010 team obtaining first place overall in the competition and our 2011 team being awarded the Best in Mobility Class award, as well as a lot of publicity for their novel XBox Kinect design, including an appearance on The Gadget Show. Working on industrially-focused research brought me into contact with a range of companies and organisations, and I drew on this experience of working with industry when I was looking for jobs after my EngD. Engineering at Warwick is highly under rated; I was taken aback by how rigorous the course was with the right mix of lab work, theory and sums. I chose Engineering and Business Management because it's an interesting degree and also very sought after by the employers. The Engineering department has a good reputation, strong links with industry, impressive facilities and I liked the campus environment and University as a whole, plus there was the opportunity to take part in the Formula Student competition at Silverstone.
I first became involved through my third year individual project, which I chose to link to the Formula Student project. It definitely met my expectations and gave me lots of practical experience to draw on and I feel prepared to enter industry as an engineer. As part of my fourth year project, I do Formula Student which is potentially the coolest project there is - we get to build a single seat racing car and race it around Silverstone!
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I arrived as I had never been taught engineering before, only the typical science or design subjects, but I think the way that the course has two years of general engineering before specialising works really well. One of the highlights was being part of Warwick Racing, which is the team that takes part in the Formula Student competition. The group typically has between 12 to 15 students taking part, drawn from all of our engineering degrees. Backed by industry and high profile engineers such as Ross Brawn OBE, the competition aims to inspire and develop enterprising and innovative young engineers. The Warwick Racing pits are located at the heart of the WMG facilities, within the IMC; a space for building, planning and testing.
Former Warwick Formula Student team members have continued their success, going on to obtain employment with companies such as Rolls-Royce, BP, Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover. It requires robots to demonstrate their capabilities in mobility, sensory perception, planning, mapping, and practical operator interfaces, while searching for simulated victims in unstructured environments. As part of my degree I took part in the Formula Student group project, which was a fantastic opportunity to work closely with industry and develop my engineering skills.
I have had some interesting projects like designing an automatic house for the elderly, making a robot car and developing an idea for an attack alarm cum watch!
In my last year I studied Management Accounting, Principles of Finance, Economics for Business and Markets, Marketing and Strategy. This led to involvement in the Class 2 team, entering the Silverstone competition last summer, before I was chosen for the Class 1 team this year. Many engineering employers like to hire students that have participated in Formula Student and I was able to use my experiences from Warwick Racing in interviews.
Another highlight would be helping to set up the Engineering Society and being Social Secretary for two years. The robot uses a series of human detection devices, including web-camera, CO2 sensor and infra-red camera to search for survivors.
Project work and research were the areas of my degree that I enjoyed the most, so I applied to do an Engineering Doctorate with WMG at Warwick. Engineering at Warwick gives you a great flexibility to select modules according to your preference.
In my final year I received the Warwick Advantage Gold Award for my exceptional involvement with the University. My first chance came when I carried out an individual project with the team in my third year and was then picked as Project Manager in my fourth year.
I graduated with a First Class Masters in Mechanical Engineering and now work at Delphi, which is a leading global supplier of electronics and technologies for automotive, commercial vehicle and other market segments. Both the theoretical side of the course and practical experience gained in earlier years really helps in the fourth year Group Project. The subject of my research was sustainable motorsport, which allowed me to be involved in projects such as Eco One and WorldFirst; green racing cars. In our case it gave us the knowledge to design, manufacture and assemble a racing car for the annual competition at Silverstone.