Students from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David have been participating in Tomorrow’s Engineers Week 2017


Students from Engineering courses of all levels have been working intensively on various projects throughout the week.

Close up of students with equipment

The projects are designed to allow them to develop their own ideas and to give them the opportunity to put their skills into practice. The students presented their progress to their Lecturers in a special poster presentation held on Friday morning at the University’s Cadogan Centre, where the faculty is based.

Graham Howe said: “I think it’s a brilliant opportunity for them to capture where they are in the project because, of course, we are not actually at the end of the project, we’re about six weeks into it. Sharing their knowledge with the student group has been invaluable. As they prepare for interviews and job opportunities, to be able to capture everything they have done on one project on paper, they’ll be able to clarify their thoughts and gather all of their knowledge together – the practical experience will really set them apart from other applicants.” 

Irfen Yaqoob and Matthew Marcus are studying for a BSc Automotive Engineering. Their project makes use of the rolling road in order to monitor emissions against different loads, throttle, and gears. They are also developing a cooling system for exhaust, gas and recirculation in order to reduce harmful emissions. Matthew said: “The practical aspects of the project means you can test your results and by doing it yourself you see the all the possible problems you would face in a lab, such as equipment performance, room temperatures, etc. You see the whole environment.” Irfen said: “Testing this myself has enabled me to understand the bigger picture and gain a better depth of knowledge through testing.”

Student with car chasse

Tim Tudor is a Lecturer in Automotive and Motorsport Engineering who has been working with the students throughout the week. He said: “The students have made really good use of the opportunity to showcase the work that they’ve done so far and the progress they’ve made with their projects. That will really help them in terms of employment in the future because they can use them in interviews now to show prospective employers what they’ve been working on, in a clear and succinct way so their employers can see where they’re headed for the rest of this year.”

Anthony Hau is studying Motorsport Engineering at UWTSD and is a group leader for his project. He said: “During the week, we have been working towards doing some validation on our car designs before we can develop it further. It’s been really challenging as I’ve never been a group leader before so I had a lot to learn.”

Andrew Noble is in his 2nd year studying Motorsport Engineering. He said: “The project week for us is excellent because it allows us to focus and work at the same rate. We can move forward with ideas at the same time rather than come back to each other weeks apart on different things, so having a week where we can work together and focus on one task has been very beneficial for us.”

Student testing equipment in dark room

Note to Editor

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week is a national campaign that sees over 300 employers and professional bodies working with schools, FE colleges, and universities to get involved with practical projects in a week-long drive to inspire the next generation of engineers. It is designed to help address the fact that by 2024, 186,000 people with engineering skills will be needed annually.

The week is co-ordinated by Tomorrow’s Engineers, an organisation led by the engineering community that provides a platform for employers to work effectively with schools to inspire more young people to consider a careers in engineering.


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