Studying Engineering in the United Kingdom Dr Anthony J H Simons Senior Lecturer in Computer Science About Me • Dr Anthony J H Simons • Senior Lecturer in Computer Science • Faculty of Engineering • The University of Sheffield What is Engineering? Introducing the Faculty Engineering is Everywhere What is Engineering? • The art of applying scientific knowledge to solve practical problems Engineering Disciplines • Mechanical • Software Engineering • Civil & Structural • Aerospace • Chemical & Biological • Bioengineering • Materials • Electronic & Electrical • Automatic Control & Systems What do Engineers Do? Group Design Projects • Vintage bus restored, driven across Eastern Europe • Human powered submarines raced in Florida • Steam powered racing car set world speed record • Solar powered car raced in Australia Virtual Reality • Build models in 3D • Test new algorithms • Visualise data • 3D computer games Group Design Projects • Naval simulation of the Battle of Trafalgar • Autonomous micro UAVs – aerial drones • Solar/electric hybrid clean propulsion • Software systems for external clients Competition Success! • Appathon 2011 (1st / 650) • IBM Mainframe Challenge 2010 (2nd / 1200) • 2005 Microsoft Imagine Cup (2nd / 1350) Genesys Solutions • The only UK software company run entirely by students • Attracts big name clients who pay serious money • Masters students responsible for managing all aspects Choosing a University Reputation • Ranked by University • Oxford and Cambridge • Russell Group (Top 20) • Other Old Universities • New Universities • Ranked by Engineering Faculty • Imperial, Oxford and Sheffield (UK Top 3) What to Look For • Facilities • Industry links • Research • specialism in your chosen discipline? • Staff/student ratio • League tables • teaching, research quality • employment statistics • Times Higher Education • University of Sheffield voted "University of the Year, 2011" • Sunday Times • "Sheffield has the best students' union" What Next? Preparation for studying Engineering Choosing an Engineering Discipline Getting on my 1st Choice Course • A Levels / International Baccalaureate • Mathematics (computing) and Physics (other engineering), sometimes other sciences • Other subjects? Show off well-rounded skills in writing, language and argument, teamwork • Get good (predicted) grades, typically AAB • Make a strong personal statement • Show enthusiasm for your chosen subject Computer Science • Build software systems for real customers • Recognise human speech and written language • Simulate complex systems: cells, insects, economics • Manipulate 3D graphics in virtual worlds • Identify patterns and build artificial intelligence Chemical & Biological Engineering • Change raw chemicals into • Combat the effects of useful products • acid rain • Develop alternative product lifecycle technologies • lead pollution • greenhouse effect Civil & Structural Engineering • Bridges • Dams • Towers • Roads • Tunnels • Water supply Electrical & Electronic Engineering • • • • Power generation Renewable energy Machines & actuators Surveillance electronics Automatic Control & Systems Engineering Brings together Computing Electronics Mechanics Aeronautics Biomechanics Ensures that all components in a system interact together in an effective way Control engineering studies how to manage these systems Engineering Materials • Materials are the key to all modern technology • Lightweight alloys for aircraft • Semiconductors for PCs • Superconductors for whole body scanners • Implants for human body repairs Mechanical Engineering Design, produce and market • Scientific instruments • Sports equipment • Power stations • Heart valves • Space craft • Car plant Bioengineering • An interdisciplinary blend of mechanical and materials engineering • Solves problems in biology and medicine • Use materials that mimic the original natural behaviour • 40,000 hip replacements per year Aerospace Engineering An interdisciplinary blend of • Mechanical Engineering • Engineering Materials • Computer Science • Electronic & Electrical Engineering • Automatic Control & Systems Engineering Careers in Engineering What happens when I finish my degree? Will I get a good job? Electronic & Electrical Careers, 2009 Type of business Employer Type of work Defence software systems developer Thales Graduate engineer Government department GCHQ Technologist Primayer Test engineer Electronic equipment manufacturer Aerospace and power systems engineering Electronic engineers Defence and aerospace systems Engineering consultancy Makes wind turbines Rolls-Royce Graduate engineer U-Tel Electronic engineer BAE Systems Electronic engineer Atkins Siemens Wind Power Project engineer R+D engineer Mechanical Engineering Careers, 2009 Type of business Vehicle manufacturer Engineering consultancy Engineers solutions for the power industry Engineering consultancy Manufacturing oil products, chemicals and lubricants Employer Jaguar Landrover Atkins Siemens Energy Ove Arup Shell UK Oil Products Type of work Development and design engineer Graduate mechanical engineer Field service engineer Graduate mechanical engineer Rotating equipment engineer Computer Science Careers, 2011 • Good career prospects • 6 months after graduation • 90% in work or study • 95% in graduate jobs • Good starting salary • £23.5K median (all grad.) • £26K median (IT grad.) • Some over £40K source: http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/ Graduate Employers A Success Story • Nicola Cooper • undergraduate, 2001 • 4-year Masters in Computing • MComp Graduate • Genesys team leader • class 2/i hons, 2005 • IBM Systems Analyst • starting salary £27K Nicola Cooper • IBM Project Manager • manages the Shell portfolio in 2012 • Young IT Professional of the Year • IBM “face of recruitment” To Discover And Understand.