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.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

SELA members engineer virtual reality video trail

A group of Engineering students have launched a new project to showcase everyday marvels of innovation as part of the Sheffield Festival of Science and Engineering 2017.

Available until 31 March 2017, Engineering 360° is a series of videos that people can watch on their smartphones as they walk around the city.

Created by students from the Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy (SELA), the 360° videos use virtual reality technology to reveal how engineers create the world around us. Each video focuses on a distinct area of engineering, something that the organisers hope will help to challenge people’s perceptions of what modern day engineering is.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Networking 101: We've been Kintished!

Sion Cowdy, SELA Cohort 2016

On Wednesday afternoon, I participated in a SELA workshop led by Will Kintish on the topic of Networking. Going into the workshop I had little understanding of what networking was and even less so about the importance of networking events. Due to my lack of knowledge, I feared it was going to be a long afternoon answering questions about something I had little idea about. However, by the end of the session my worries had been addressed and I now feel confident, well informed and excited about future networking events.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

SELA goes to Parliament

Yun-Hang Cho, SELA Cohort 2014

On 22 November 2016, I attended the luncheon debate on de-carbonization hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Engineering Group.

The day began nice and early with a train to London. There were reports of train delays due to flooding that morning however my hopes remained high. By the time the train had past Leicester, I was sure I was going to arrive on time. That all changed with about 5 minutes before arriving at London. The train conductor announced a 15 minute delay going into St Pancras. How typical. It was ironic that today I would be representing SELA to get some opinions from politicians on the Hyperloop concept: a transportation system delivering travellers from point A to B via a high speed pod inside an airless vacuum within a tunnel stretching across the countryside. This new concept from the US would seem quite apt for a country who invented railways.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Summer Placement: Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Sheffield

Aisha Khan, SELA Cohort 2015 

Did you know that less than 1 per cent of paper coffee cups in the UK are recycled? That paper coffee cups aren’t meant to be put into general recycling bins? That they are considered waste paper stream contaminants?

I had the opportunity of carrying out a placement through the SELA research bursary programme in the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Sheffield, working with Professor Peter Styring on the recycling of paper coffee cups.