University: University of Southampton
Degree Course: MEng Electronic & Electrical Engineering
How did you become interested in Electronics?
Computers have been an integral part of my life for as long as I can remember. At first, I was just looking at how my PC worked at home, but this led me to discover how people are pushing this technology forward and the amazing advances that are shaping the world, which I hope to be a part of.
Why did you want a scholarship with Meggitt?
A large part of wanting a placement was to experience engineering development in the real world, beyond academic study. Before the scholarship application I wasn’t familiar with Meggitt, however through researching them I was amazed at how wide their range of influence spread across a very large part of the aircraft industry. What drove me the most was how in the interview they showed strong support for us by the Head of Engineering leading the session with many senior engineers coming to encourage and chat with us.
What type of work have you been involved with during your placement?
I was included in a team that worked on maintaining and improving products currently in use. I was given my own project to design a system to replace their 20-year-old testing rig for cockpit displays. I had to build some small pieces of hardware as well as understand and write compatible software. I did a lot of work in python working on interfaces, threading and sockets. While members of the team gave advice, I was responsible for the project and eventually presented it to the head of department, who was happy with what I produced.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I enjoy archery and am treasurer for my university club. I like competing casually against friends and more seriously representing my club. I like to spend time in nature, walking through woods or fields, appreciating the world around us.
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