I'm eager for a role which is exciting, challenging and provides the opportunity to undertake ground-breaking work. My background as a materials scientist means that I can use my knowledge of multiple scientific disciplines to tackle problems, as well as fuelling my interest in cutting-edge fields like biomaterials and nanomaterials. I am keen on working in a general engineering firm but I also would like to work in the energy, metallurgy and possibly electronics industries.
Researching possible components for a proprietary spray-on fabric developed by the company, mechanical testing of samples and correspondence with clients and suppliers over business deals and products. My time with Fabrican has given me a taste of industry and provided me with a foundation in business-related skills such as the communication of complex concepts to customers and suppliers. Testing samples and researching formulations has also refined my technical skills, such as accuracy, reproducibility and organisation.
In this placement, I undertook a UROP (undergraduate research opportunity placement) investigating the production of SOFCs (Solid Oxide Fuel Cells) under the supervision of Dr Paul Boldrin. I synthesised special metal oxide inks which were to be printed on ceramic scaffolds and then sintered, and the resulting electrodes tested for porosity and conductivity. This was purely a research placement and so I mainly improved my efficiency and timekeeping when working in the laboratory, as I had multiple experimental procedures running in tandem at times. I also received constructive criticism from my supervisor to help improve the quality of my results.
I completed the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award in 2011. This Award developed a large range of skills, including creativity when writing a short story for the Activities section, as well as leadership, perseverance and teamwork skills during the expedition. This I felt was the most important section due to its difficulty. I was in charge of navigation for a team of 6 hikers in the Peak District. Our team effort in assisting team-mates when injured or fatigued and helping each other led to the successful completion.
I achieved a first for my final year MEng research project, largely through my own persistence and willingness to spend long hours in the lab making sure every measurement was accurate. I chose to investigate an experimental method of creating doped tin dioxide for use in semiconductor electronics. The lab apparatus which I used for my project was frequently unreliable and liable to break down, causing delays whilst it was being fixed. To compensate, I spent much time in the lab, investigating technical problems and repeating my tests. I eventually built up a solid volume of reliable data after months of hard work and with the invaluable help of my supervisor.
I am a hard-working and enthusiastic individual who prides myself on my honesty, whether expressing my opinion or being open about what I’m doing.
I wish to use the knowledge and skills learnt during my university career and my professional career to make the world a better place in my own way. One of the causes in particular that resonates with me is to work in biomaterials and improve the quality of life for patients, particularly amputees and those with chronic and debilitating illnesses. In this respect I feel that biomaterials has a lot of potential for positive change.
I want to start up my own diverse and multi-disciplinary engineering firm in the vein of Arup and Atkins, but would also take on specialist projects extending beyond their portfolio. Essentially this would mean that my firm would work on biomaterials, nanomaterials, composites and many other fields, combining the various talents and expertise at my disposal to create novel, unusual and thought-provoking inventions.
I will have earned my chartership as an engineer. After the initial graduate stage, I wish to take on a leadership role in the technical division of an engineering company heading projects. Later on however, I may end up using my experience and specific technical knowledge I have already gained and apply it to consulting or joining a biomaterials start-up.
I consider myself able to work more effectively in a team, but I am fully able to work independently and without outside guidance.
I want to join a biomaterials start-up to provide technical advice and consultation to the team, as well as making decisions on research to pursue and the general direction for the firm to take.
I am looking for a monthly salary of between £2300-£2500.
I am able to work to deadlines, and I pride myself on doing so. I have met every deadline for coursework and projects at university without fail.