I knew that I would be able to gain vital industrial experience in many different areas of electronics that would ultimately benefit my future career. Elaine
Sponsor: Collins Aerospace
University: University of Sheffield
Degree Course: BEng Electronics and Computer Engineering
Which area of Engineering are you interested in and why?
My main interests are in electronics and semiconductors because they are the key components in driving technology forward. I also enjoy the practical side of soldering circuits and testing them, in addition to learning the theory behind how electronic devices work. I found that electronic engineering has a perfect combination of these things.
Why did you want a scholarship with Collins Aerospace?
I initially applied to Collins Aerospace through the UKESF Driving the Electric Revolution Award, which is aimed at students with an interest in PEMD (power electronics, motors and drives). I was keen to learn more about how this area of electronics applies to the aerospace industry, especially in a large international company. I knew that I would be able to gain vital industrial experience in many different areas of electronics that would ultimately benefit my future career.
What type of work have you been involved with during your placement?
In my first placement year, I created a MATLAB script that models an LLC resonant converter, as well as doing research into SiC MOSFETs. I was fortunate to be taken on a trip to Ireland where I visited Microchip to learn more about the future advancement in power semiconductor devices. During my second placement year, I designed a PCB for an insulation monitoring device which I found to be more of a challenge as it was completely new to me, however, it ended up being a very enjoyable task to do!
What are your hobbies and interests?
In my spare time I enjoy reading fiction books, specifically fantasy and sci-fi novels. I also really like learning languages such as French and Chinese. Recently, I climbed Crib Goch (knife-edge) on Snowdon – it was a very daunting activity, but I still thought it was a great accomplishment!