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CONTENTS 4 The Balancing Act How to strategise for exams

6 Warwick Racing Update outreach and other updates

8 Graduates in Industry Civil engineering and aerospace engineering

10 3rd Year Projects: Tips and Tricks Individual design project module

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12 A Master's In Chemical Engineering What it is and where it can take you

14 The Applications of Physics How abstract theories are used in the real world

16 Getting Paid for Talking applying engineering skills to business


THE BALANCING ACT By

Joy Cowper

4 It’s term three and the reality settles in that you feel you haven’t done enough preparation. No matter your average, everyone feels the same way. It’s the nature of regret. However, if there’s one thing to remember, it’s that it’s never too late. Of course, university life is not only for the sake of passing exams but if you feel a sense of regret from your previous two terms, working hard now can absolve you of that feeling.

Speaking from experience, don’t build a dependency on Red-Bull and coffee. It does feel difficult to not eat junk and not exercise but it will do better for your brain and body to keep up the routine. If doing a sport or gym is to timeconsuming, work it into your study.

For example, I would come to campus in the morning, study in Engineering, walk and study in Oculus, then Central Campus, then the Library then University House before going home. Think about parallel learning, or as we say, continuous engineering. Some things cannot be learnt until you have learnt the prerequisites. For example, you cannot do differential vector calculus until you’ve understood linear algebra. Having said that, this is all part of a great balancing act. You cannot blaze through one module until it’s finished and then start a new one. This would mean by the time you’ve learnt the last thing you’ll have likely forgotten the first thing.


5 Here are various parameters to consider when strategising workload: time left till the exam, how much you already know, the difficulty to learn it (by your definition), and how well you want to do. The list could go on but it’s also up to you to determine what matters. Do this for each exam and I guarantee that you’ll feel better in just having a plan. Regarding the execution, this is where software such as Excel can become really useful. Once you’ve determined your parameters, use them to set goals. There isn’t a perfect equation but there are simple models. For example, if you had half the time to exam A compared to exam B and you had the same amount to learn, you would have to complete twice as

many hours a day to meet your target. Implement this into a timetable and stick to it. Most importantly, look after your mental wellbeing. I’ve never met anyone who’s said their engineering degree was easy but remember that’s what makes the effort valuable. Take the time to destress. Last year, after every exam I’d get myself a nice lunch and use weekends to watch a movie or do some art. Find yourself a positive outlet. There are music rooms in Westwood with pianos that are free to use without booking. Restarting it after years has really helped me. Even if you don’t play, it might be a nice thing to try if you haven’t before. EngSoc and I wish you the best of luck with your exams!


WARWICK RACING UPDATE By

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Zayn Fojdar

As Term 2 continues Warwick Racing’s push for the summer competition at Silverstone heats up, with manufacturing of our first ever electric car in full swing! The Internal Combustion car has been busy too, with the front rocker suspension design complete and water jetted ready for assembly. We have also completed the design and validation stages of our next generation aluminium honeycomb monocoque chassis, with the team investigating the optimum honeycomb geometry, joining process and monocoque design. The electric chassis team have been busy completing the spaceframe chassis as well as beginning to manufacture the box section mounts for the suspension components of the car. They have also been getting members in the frame to find the perfect positioning for the pedal box and seat. The electric Powertrain team have been focused on the drivetrain over the last two weeks as well as simulating the performance of the motor.

The Outreach team have been very busy with events this term, with Warwick Racing appearing at the GRP Charging Britain event at the International Digital Laboratory building at the University of Warwick and the science gala also at the university introducing a younger generation to the sciences and exciting new ideas.


"...Warwick Racing appearing at the GRP Charging Britain event at the International Digital Laboratory building at the University of Warwick and the science gala also at the university introducing a younger generation to the sciences and exciting new ideas." 7 Last week, Warwick Racing was proud to have ran its popular pitstop activity at the XMaS Science Gala. The aim of the game? Change a wheel on WR8 within 3 minutes to earn yourself a laser-cut keychain! We had many participants from all ages, including a few adults. Perhaps it also served as practice for those who hadn’t changed a flat tyre before? Next week, Warwick Racing will be contributing to EngSoc’s Connectivity Conference with a breakout session. We hope to provide an interesting insight into the autonomous vehicle industry by offering the opportunity to meet with an AV developer - StreetDrone


GRADUATES IN INDUSTRY Application process:

Application process:

cv and cover letter, then video interview, then assessment centre and then final interview.

Online Tests followed by Assessment Centre (with technical interview, skills interview, group task, numerical test, written exercise and presentation).

Advice for interview: Be confident, be yourself and research into the company and your role beforehand don’t show up unprepared.

What I like about the company: I love that WSP care about their employees and the hours are quite flexible.

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What I like about the role: I like the design work and problem solving.

Advice for interview: 1) Make sure you are familiar with the company and the products (maybe do a SWOT analysis, look at recent news articles, read up on the company website). 2) Understand the principles of how a jet engine works, and be prepared to be asked questions that you are not expected to know, but they want to see your thought process in explainations.

Accelerating career:

3) Smile, be friendly and polite, and talk to the other applicants

WSP is quite structured in its promotion process and learning so I am learning different skills everyday to become a better engineer.

4) Make the most of any 'unofficial' assessment time with the interviewers (e.g. lunch to find out more about what they do, and so they get to know you as a person).

By Karishma Honap Civil engineer Ex-outreach team leader WSP employee

5) Try to answer questions with examples of projects or experiences you have had before, as well as what you learnt from them.

What I like about the company: Rolls-Royce is an engineer's paradise, with fantastic opportunities to get involved some really advanced exciting projects.


The company is very supportive of graduates, and ensure that you are able to contribute in some real significant projects.

What I like about the role: We have rotations of placements every 6 months, which is a perfect amount of time to learn how to do a role, to make a significant contribution to the team and to maximise the experience. I am very excited for my next placement, which will be in Singapore - the company has been very supportive and organised throughout the process (visas, tax, insurance etc. and they even pay for our accommodation overseas). This represents a significant expense for the company, but is a really valuable way to learn more about the business and to get a broad experience.

Accelerating career: The graduate programme is a fast track development programme to a mangement position within the company. Through the first three placements we get to experience strategic, operational and technical roles, before being supported in a leadership position managing a production shift. As part of the experience we have been given the opportunity to interact with many senior managers of the business, which has been fantastic for networking. After completing the programme I hope to have completed all the requirements for

IEng accreditation, and be on track to complete CEng soon after. After the graduate scheme, I think there is such a variety of roles within Rolls-Royce that I would be happy to continue within the company for the long term.

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Sam Adams

Aerospace engineer Ex-outreach officer Rolls-Royce employee

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1 Look thoroughly into all the projects before deciding your top 5. Ideally, it should be that you wouldn’t mind which one you get out of the 5.

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If there is a specific project you are really interested in, e-mail the supervisor, this can increase the likelihood of you securing it.

Work on your project from the moment university starts, that way you will know sooner where the challenges lie.

If they can’t put you on the project, they can possibly open up another one for you.

Knowing what parts, you’ll need comes in handy earlier since it can take a while to order in pieces.

If this doesn’t work, you can propose your own project too, being it fits the criteria of the ES327 specification.

If for example you pick a computational project, your coding skills will be tested and it may take a while to develop a strong code.


3RD YEAR PROJECTS: TIPS AND TRICKS By

Omar Shafi

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Constantly fill out your log book, it’s worth 10% which means it can help you push up a grade as you can prove your efforts.

Always talk to your supervisor, make sure you guys are both on the same page.

Your log book has to be bounded which means you can’t randomly stick papers in like you would into a ring-binder. Always have dates and diagrams. Make sure every move you make, is recorded in the log book.

This will improve the relationship between you and the supervisor as they will be able to see how much effort you are putting in. If they can see the efforts, then marking your work will be easier.


Who am I and what am I going to do with my masters? I am a third year Chemical Engineering student doing an MEng at Imperial College. I believe doing a masters gives you a true insight of a chemical engineers’ world from the development stages of a chemical plant to the end. The first three years of my integrated master’s degree is aimed at developing key chemical engineering knowledge and the final year brings all of it together. It’s a bit like a jigsaw puzzle. You learn all of these seemingly “random” things during the course but eventually, as your knowledge deepens, you’re able to fill in the

gaps and learn how to actually develop an industrial process. I did a masters mainly because it completes the chemical engineering picture for me but also it gives me the opportunity for an easier start in pursuing Chartership if I wish to.

What is Chemical Engineering? Chemical engineering is the study of processes. It is a branch of engineering applied to the design of large scale processes that convert chemicals or even living cells into useful products. Knowledge of chemical bonding, fluid mechanics and mass transfer to economics and environmental

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A MASTER'S IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING


studies are vital components to the design process of a chemical plant. As you could imagine, the journey of creating these products can be quite complex, which is possibly a reason why chemical engineering graduates are considered to be in demand.

Why do a master’s in this field? Chemical engineering graduates are incredibly sought after, just like many other engineering graduates, simply because of their allinclusive skillset. For example, a management consulting firm may find engineering graduates excellent candidates as they are typically very analytical, well organized in their thought process

and display strong numerical skills. But why spend an extra year doing a masters? Graduating from a masters can deepen your industrial knowledge - specifically highlighting the challenges faced in that area. Also, if a career in academia is an option for you, then doing a masters allows you to create a wider network of academics as well as giving you the fundamental sector relevant knowledge you need. In addition, not only does it make you a more employable person, but if engineering is your desired career path, doing a masters makes it a lot easier for you to become a charted engineer.

By Yasmin Haque 13


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The universe is vastly intricate, but we still attempt to try and understand the apparent chaos and complexity by using science. The purest level of understanding of the universe is achieved through mathematical preliminaries but

mathematical study of Group Theory.

when we use or implement these preliminaries we enter the realm of applied Physics. Physics has a very powerful property that enables us to make use of it in everyday life; this property is called abstraction and at some point, in our lives we have all used it. Abstraction is essential for Physics because it allows us to assert things, make conclusion and predict outcomes without constraining our assertions to any singular object which is similar to the

Building on de Broglie’s wave particle duality concept, this equation is fascinating because it allows us to understand the evolution of a wavefunction (wave equivalence of the particle) through time. Remarkably, this Quantum Mechanical equation inherits the Heisenberg’s uncertainty property therefore we can never exactly know the location of the wavefunction and its momentum simultaneously. Applying this equation to scenarios

To begin with, let’s look at a very abstract Quantum Physics equation that many of you may know as the Schrödinger Equation.

THE APPLICATIONS OF PHYSICS


involving potential barriers (regions where classically particles are forbidden from entering as their energies are insufficient) yields a well-known consequence called the Quantum Tunnelling effect. This effect predicts that particles can indeed be found in the classically forbidden region but how is this of any use in real life? Applications of this effect that predicts a classical impossibility have led to the development of scanning tunnelling microscopes that can detect variations in thickness accurate to a few atoms’ length. Another application of Physics that has resulted from very abstract theories is the cyclotron. Cyclotrons make use of two Dees to

accelerate charged particles to very high velocities; their circular design allows us to keep cyclotrons relatively small as the particle is made to take circular paths using a very strong magnetic field. This application of Physics stems from revolutionary work conducted by James Clerk Maxwell which on first inspection would be very abstract. The take home message from this article is not the specific applications of Physics mentioned. Instead, the hope is that by reading this article you, the reader, have realised the power of abstraction and the immense potential for application of the multitude of mathematical and Physics theories out there.

By Nirosh Suthager

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GETTING PAID FOR TALKING By Joy Cowper

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Whether you’re a fresher or a finalist, it’s never too late nor too early to start thinking about what you want to do upon graduation. Within engineering, many students go into Industry, Research, IT, Supply Chain & Logistics, or Finance. There’s a lot you can do with an engineering degree and you’ve probably heard of the term ‘consulting’ but often it’s unclear what it means. Personally, I feel this is the beauty of the industry because it can mean what you want it to which is not easily true for the other careers listed. To consult is simply to ask for advice. However, this doesn’t mean you don’t have to be an engineer. There are management consultancies such as the ‘Big Four’ working in financial services; there are strategy consultancies such as the ‘Big Three’ working in business change; there are engineering consultancies such as DCA working in mechanical design as well as Mace in construction and so on. Take your time to research what inspires you and find your niche. A consultant should be someone who has the technical knowledge to find a solution which is where your scientific background helps. For example, the equation which governs the discharge of a capacitor is similar to that of diminishing marginal utility in economics. Being able to draw such analogies will help you in business. If you can learn business through

your degree as well as outside by reading material such as The Economist or FT, you’ll have an extreme edge. On top, they must also be someone who drives the idea home in a way where the client can build a relationship of trust with you. If you feel that you have the best of both analytical and people skills, then do consider the idea. These are just my personal views, but I know other engineers who feel the same way which is why I think it’s worth sharing. Most, if not all, consultancies give you project based work rather than an operations-based title. This means you can get to see your project through start to finish rather than developing the same thing. You get to travel a lot (which has its own downsides), you get to meet plenty of new people, and in many firms, you get the opportunity to make ‘partner’ which means you would receive dividends on top your salary. My personal recommendation to build your profile would be to run for EngSoc Exec. It develops so many soft skills that are transferable to the industry which would be great for your CV. I’ve met some amazing people who are both very bright and personable and will take this final article as an opportunity to say thanks to them and to you, the readers. Best wishes for everything, Joy.

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The Warwick Engineer - Spring 2018  

In our final issue of the academic year, we give tips on managing exam stress as well as module advice and an insight into the range of care...

The Warwick Engineer - Spring 2018  

In our final issue of the academic year, we give tips on managing exam stress as well as module advice and an insight into the range of care...

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