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Route into engineering
I studied Maths, Further Maths and Physics for A-Levels but even though I knew I wanted to be an engineer, I wasn’t sure which discipline to study for university. Because of this, I decided to do a general engineering EDT Headstart course which I completed at the University of Surrey at the end of Year 12. During this week, I participated in activities over a range of engineering disciplines (Civil, Electronic, Mechanical and Chemical), as well as talks with current engineering students. This course helped confirm that I wanted to study Electrical and Electronic Engineering, as I enjoyed the activity of building a pre-amplifier.
I studied BEng Electrical and Electronic engineering at Imperial College London, with a summer internship at Dialog Semiconductor. I knew it was important for me to gain work experience, as this would allow me to discover what’s out there, what I enjoyed and gain hands on experience in an engineering firm. My internship involved researching Bluetooth Smart and its applications, travelling to Holland and Greece for various activities including testing the Bluetooth smart chip which was a wonderful experience.
During my final year, I took an interest in the automotive industry with my final year project based on a simulation of a hybrid electric vehicle. I knew this was an area I wanted to explore further but I also still wanted to secure a Masters degree. In order to do both, I decided to first complete work experience for an automotive company which I was able to do with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR). I spent a year with the Battery Management Storage team for their first electric vehicle (Jaguar I-Pace), where I ran drive cycle simulations on MATLAB to see how the battery behaves, as well as conduct battery testing to investigate how the battery for electric vehicles ages at the International Digital Laboratory located in the University of Warwick. I thoroughly enjoyed this placement and fortunately JLR offered me a place on their 2-year graduate scheme, which I began after gaining my MSc in Energy and Power Engineering in which I finished with a distinction.
Computer-aided Engineering (CAE) Tools & Simulations Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover
My role involves using software (mainly MATLAB and writing Python scripts) to either improve software design or solve issues for electrified vehicles (electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles).
No day is the same to start off with! I usually have a weekly meeting with my fellow CAE Engineers on short and long term tasks to ensure we are all aligned on what needs to be done. Depending on what is required, I am either writing code in Python to assist with data analysis for the calibration engineers, or writing MATLAB scripts to improve software design of various features in the vehicle.
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I'm a massive sports fan and enjoy watching & playing football and tennis. I also love to travel and aiming to do 30 under 30 (travel to 30 countries by the time I'm 30 years old). I'm also a STEM Ambassador and enjoy engaging young people especially girls into engineering through talks and activities.
I am currently part of the Early Careers Board (ECB), where I look forward to engage with various events and competitions throughout the year such as INWED, annual student conference and many more.
I believe the automotive industry will be transformed in 25-50 years time. With the rise of global warming and climate change targets to meet, we will see mostly ACES - Automated Connected Electric Shared Vehicles. Data will become more important to utilise and keep secure with various technologies such as SOTA (Software-Over-The-Air), which enables vehicle manufacturers to provide software updates and fixes without the need for customers to take the car to the dealers.