"Collins are at the forefront of developing the More Electric aircraft and have a huge global presence." Kajol

Name: Kajol

Sponsor: Collins Aerospace

University: University of Bristol

Degree Course: MEng Engineering Mathematics

Which area of Engineering are you interested in and why?

I am interested in systems and data Engineering, especially in how AI, data science and machine learning can be used to advance current technologies and processes. I am keen to enhance and develop my modelling skills and apply them to different disciplines and fields. I particularly find it fascinating to see the effects engineering has on all areas of society in day to day life, and the potential that this field of Engineering has for the future.

Why did you want a scholarship with Collins Aerospace?

Collins are at the forefront of developing the More Electric aircraft and have a huge global presence. The idea of being involved in a wide range of projects and disciplines was something that really appealed to me, and I wanted to learn from Engineers who are excellent at what they do, while developing my own skills as an Engineer.

What type of work have you been involved with during your placement?

Each of my placements has given me insights into new aspects of Engineering. In my first placement, I developed my simulation skills while creating MATLAB models for different converter topologies. In my second year, I completed my Year in Industry placement with Collins. I was exposed to the field of systems and safety, where I learnt about Model-Based Systems Engineering, requirements management and Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA). I was responsible for writing documentation for performing safety analysis using Cameo and conducted my own system analysis for a current project. I also had the opportunity to work with a project manager for an R&D project, giving me valuable experience in developing my soft skills. My third placement built further on these, where I created system level diagrams for power conversion architecture and created more simulations. I was also involved in a research project for battery testing, and we presented our findings to the senior leadership team in the organisation.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I enjoy gymnastics, music and art. I have been doing gymnastics from a young age and have competed in regional competitions for a club. I play the clarinet and have loved playing as part of my university wind band. In my spare time I enjoy doing arts and crafts projects and have recently picked up a new challenge of crocheting!

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