Thursday, 15 June 2017

SELA in Singapore

Jake Brown, SELA Cohort 2014

As part of my year in industry with Rolls-Royce, I was given the opportunity to spend three months in Singapore, working in the Customer Regional Team. This was a great opportunity for me at this stage in my career as it has allowed me to experience engineering in a new culture and develop both my technical and soft skills. My role in Singapore is to provide technical support to our customers; this role has been challenging and pushed me to develop new skills. I have had to adapt to a new working environment which is very different to the one I left in the UK, however this has been a great chance to learn how to work effectively in a foreign environment.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Leading the Way to a Green Future

Connor Round, SELA Cohort 2015

Connor Round is about to embark on a trip to Hawai’i with The GREEN Program, and shares his story in the first of a series of posts.

I’m soon to embark on a trip to Hawai’i with The GREEN Program. This two-week experience will see me delve into the world of sustainable food systems and energy. I’ll be attending lectures and site visits to develop a Capstone Project to deliver at this year’s World Youth Congress being held at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Each year the World Youth Congress brings together leaders from around the world to explore different themes, from poverty eradication to sustainable development.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

An Engineer's Guide to Enterprise

Robin Hartley, SELA Cohort 2014 

When I first came to Sheffield, I thought that engineering and enterprise were two very separate things – engineering is massive projects like the Channel Tunnel whereas enterprise is about Dragon’s Den pitches and investment, right?

Well, maybe not.

As a former SELA member and engineer with some experience in startups, I’d like to make the case that an understanding of business and enterprise is a highly valuable asset for engineers which may put you ahead of the competition.

So without further ado, here are three key lessons that I think engineers can learn from the startup world.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Offshore Energy Challenge

Sebastia Despuig Reid, SELA Cohort 2015

After being awarded a research bursary from SELA during summer 2016, I had the opportunity to explore a new field of my own choice. Given the challenges faced on the offshore wind energy industry, and the opportunity to have a positive impact in society and the environment, I chose to focus my research on improving the design of wind turbine foundations.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Racing with Gibson Technology!

Henry Mansfield, SELA Cohort 2016

On Wednesday, 8 March, SELA attended a site visit to Gibson Technology in Repton. From the minute SELA informed us of the visit to Gibson, I was filled with excitement and anticipation. Being an avid fan of motorsport and the automotive industry within engineering, I knew of Gibson as a renowned leader in motorsport engine manufacture. Hence I was incredibly enthusiastic about the opportunity to gain insight into the company and witness how it continues to hold its reputation for engineering excellence.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Making Ideas Happen

Igor Gawron, SELA Cohort 2016

Igor Gawron co-designed and delivered a recent Excellence Hub workshop ‘Making Ideas Happen’, with two other members of SELA. He writes about his experiences below. 

I had the pleasure of being one of the designers and deliverers of the Making Ideas Happen workshop which took place on the 15th of March. The workshop aimed to help develop enterprise skills of young people and give them a taste of what an engineer’s job is about. Despite some unexpected circumstances it worked out great and I couldn’t be happier!

What I was expecting to be an easy two- day task turned out to be a several- week long process. Even though it cost me a lot of stress it was a great experience and I am really happy I took the challenge. Even though I have worked in education it’s the first time when I really felt I had an impact. As soon as the young people realised it’s not another boring school exercise, they immediately started engaging and stayed focused for the whole, six hours!

Friday, 7 April 2017

Women in Technology at IBM

Fiona Lambert, SELA Cohort 2016

Leaving Sheffield Hallam University at 6am on Thursday 16th March 2017, 19 students from both Sheffield Hallam and University of Sheffield departed for the long journey south to the IBM Headquarters at Hursley, near Winchester. I was lucky to be one of two SELA members joining the trip. On arrival, we were greeted by Emma and Waleed, who were graduates of Sheffield Hallam and the University of Sheffield respectively. They gave us a warm welcome and a quick introduction before going for lunch. After lunch, we had a talk from a Senior Software Engineer and Master Inventor, followed by a series of 5-minute lightning talks from female interns and graduates in Technology, Design, Offering Management, Sales and another Master Inventor. These talks were especially inspiring and empowering as all the speakers emphasised the excellent work-life balance that IBM can provide with flexible working hours and you can still have time for a family and a successful career, something I would want. The talks also helped me improve my personal vision and being able to see some of their career goals has encouraged me in setting my own targets for the future. Many of the speakers also talked about their self-awareness and that whilst working for IBM, there are plenty of opportunities to improve learning by attending extra-curricular activities and setting up their own events, such as being part of a mentoring scheme.