UWTSD Engineering student Sarah Chappell-Smith is working for global corporation Perkin Elmer


UWTSD student Sarah Chappell-Smith already has an impressive CV - because she is working for an American multi-national corporation whilst completing the final year of her BEng Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Degree.

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Sarah was initially offered a summer placement by Perkin Elmer, the world’s largest manufacturer of analytical scientific equipment for medical diagnosis, scientific analysis and product integrities during her second year, but bosses were so impressed with her work, they have extended the placement until she graduates this summer.

“Working with a multi-national company has been an amazing experience. I never dreamed that I would have such a great opportunity whilst studying for my degree,” said Sarah, a former Cefn Hengoed Comprehensive pupil, who was awarded UWTSD Student of the Year in 2016.

“The support I have had from lecturers here at UWTSD and the staff at Perkin Elmer has been tremendous. I have learnt such a lot. In my work at Perkin Elmer, I deal with overseas clients from places like Singapore. It has taught me skills that will undoubtedly help me after I graduate. It has been such a unique experience and I am so proud of what I have achieved so far.

“I would highly recommend this course to prospective students. Just take a look at what it has done for me, helping me to work for a multi-national company three days a week while I study.”

UWTSD Senior Lecturer Andrew Thorn said: “Sarah is a student who can deliver – she is 100% confident and has the ability to undertake research and ask questions. She has completed some fantastic work during her time with us. It is great to see her getting on so well at Perkin Elmer, and it’s another example of how closely we work with industry to ensure our students get the vital skills they need to go on to secure great employment opportunities.”

Perkin Elmer Operational Director Mark Lambert said: “Sarah’s talents are recognised on a very high level. She is now your benchmark on the radar of Global Operations UK.”

Tony Shepard, Process Engineer added: ““Sarah is excellent – very self-motivated. When I talk about what I would like to do, I find she has already done it, solved several issues – some I didn’t know I had. She has been involved in key new areas of discovery that have enabled a particular area to run smarter and more accurately. She is a credit to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. If Sarah is anything to go by, the quality of students at the university is excellent and I would bite your hand off for another.”

Mr Shephard said Sarah was able to work independently. “She knows what the issue is, knows what to analyse,” he added. “She is confident at examining science-based problems and carrying out excellent research. The technology and processes here are very unique – she knows how to manufacture and how to test knowledge on how to use and process results.” 

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Note to Editor

Sarah is pictured with Neil Forshaw who is currently studying for a BEng Manufacturing Systems Engineering part-time with UWTSD.  Neil also works for Perkin Elmer as a process engineer.


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