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Undergraduate Profiles


Alison Roberts: Automotive Engineering with Business Management

aroberts250.jpgI 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. 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 have always wanted to work in motorsport and Warwick Racing provides a great platform for experience building and learning. I first became involved through my third year individual project, which I chose to link to the Formula Student project. 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.

Working with Warwick Racing has given me real-world experience of the things we learned about in lectures. We had to communicate with sponsors and suppliers, which is unique to this project and gives you an awareness of industry/business and how this affects your timing, plans, budgets etc. 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.

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. 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.

I’ve been accepted onto the Graduate Scheme at Jaguar Land Rover and am looking forward to the future!

Stevie Gosling: Automotive Engineering

sgosling250.jpgThe main reason I chose Warwick was the approachability of the staff and the overall environment and feel. It's so diverse with people from a wide variety of cultures enabling you to explore the world and make lifelong friends.

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. 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!

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.

Whilst at Warwick I have got involved with a range of clubs; Surf, Judo, Tae Kwon-Do, Rowing, Sailing and Women's Football. Everyone is so enthusiastic and you can take part in charity events and volunteering. Sports clubs have definitely made my overall university experience something I am proud to be a part of and there is so much going on that you never run out of things to do or try.

Zoe Maxwell: Formula Student project

Zoe MaxwellI 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. 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.

I have really enjoyed my time here and have met so many great people through the course as well as through clubs and societies. One of the highlights was being part of Warwick Racing, which is the team that takes part in the Formula Student competition. Having heard about Formula Student at the open day I was determined to get involved. 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. Both the theoretical side of the course and practical experience gained in earlier years really helps in the fourth year Group Project. In our case it gave us the knowledge to design, manufacture and assemble a racing car for the annual competition at Silverstone.

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.

My absolute highlight has to be the Silverstone event. Unfortunately we had a number of issues with our car but still managed to come 2nd out of 110 worldwide teams in the Business area of the competition. Another highlight would be helping to set up the Engineering Society and being Social Secretary for two years.

I would tell future students to make sure you get the study/social balance right and you will easily be able to be part of social clubs etc as well as achieving a good degree. Also, get work experience wherever you can. It will be really useful when applying for jobs at the end of your degree. 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.

Formula Student Team

Warwick Formula Student 2010/11At Warwick, the Formula Student project is currently run as a 4th year multi-disciplinary group project for MEng students. The group typically has between 12 to 15 students taking part, drawn from all of our engineering degrees.

Formula Student is Europe's most established educational motorsport competition, run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Backed by industry and high profile engineers such as Ross Brawn OBE, the competition aims to inspire and develop enterprising and innovative young engineers. Universities from across the globe are challenged to design and build a single-seat racing car in order to compete in static and dynamic events, which demonstrate their understanding and test the performance of the vehicle. In addition to technical skills, students acquire management, marketing and people skills - so vital across all sectors of employment.

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. The Warwick Racing pits are located at the heart of the WMG facilities, within the IMC; a space for building, planning and testing.

Warwick's team has faired well at the competition over the years with our 2010 team being placed 7th in the UK. 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.

Warwick Racing

Ian Allen: Formula Student project

Ian AllanI 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.

Outside of my degree I was heavily involved in Warwick Sport and the Swimming and Waterpolo club, holding many Exec positions including Club President. My involvement has made my time at Warwick enjoyable as well as hard work and has taken me as far as Australia to represent the University.

I have now started a graduate training scheme with Jaguar Land Rover, which I know I couldn't have achieved without my degree from Warwick and the experiences I have had here.

My advice to future students is apply to Warwick and if you are lucky enough to get a place, take every opportunity. There is so much funding and support out there, so use and enjoy it.

Warwick Mobile Robotics team

Robot Rescue 11/12Each 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. At the competition, the tele-operated robot has to navigate through a simulated earthquake disaster area, searching, locating and assisting victims who are trapped. The robot uses a series of human detection devices, including web-camera, CO2 sensor and infra-red camera to search for survivors.

The goal of the competition is to increase awareness of the challenges involved in search and rescue applications, provide objective evaluation of robotic implementations in representative environments, and promote collaboration between researchers. 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.

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.

Warwick Mobile Robotics

Ben Wood (MEng Mechanical Engineering)

Ben WoodI studied for a MEng in Mechanical Engineering between 2002 and 2006. 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. 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. The EngD requires the research to be industrially relevant which was a challenge, but also meant that I had the option to work outside of academia. 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. The WorldFirst F3 was particularly enjoyable to be involved with, and really captured people's interest with its carrot fibre steering wheel and chocolate-based biodiesel fuel.

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. I now work at WMG in the SME Team working with small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the West Midlands, giving them access to cutting edge academic research to help them develop new products and services to make their businesses even more successful.

Divya Surana (BEng Engineering Business Management)

Divya SuranaComing to the University of Warwick has been one of the best decisions of my life and I have thoroughly enjoyed each minute spent here. Not only did I fulfil all my dreams but I achieved a lot more than I could have possibly imagined.

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 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! Engineering at Warwick gives you a great flexibility to select modules according to your preference.

I chose Engineering and Business Management because it's an interesting degree and also very sought after by the employers. In my last year I studied Management Accounting, Principles of Finance, Economics for Business and Markets, Marketing and Strategy. The whole financial crisis / recession suddenly became so much more relevant because all that we learnt could be applied so well.

Warwick places a great emphasis on extra-curricular activities and this is where its students differentiate themselves from others. Amongst other activities I hosted a Bollywood music show on Radio Warwick which was thrilling! In my final year I received the Warwick Advantage Gold Award for my exceptional involvement with the University.