Living in Cornwall is undoubtedly one of my most precious experiences. I’ve been actively involved with Falmouth and Exeter Students' Union since my first year, becoming president of the Engineers Without Borders society and getting involved with several student led volunteer projects. Joining clubs and societies means you can enjoy the 'study-life' balance and explore many beautiful places whilst meeting new people from both the University of Exeter and Falmouth University.
One thing I found very helpful as an international student is that there is always someone I can ask for help. Both university staff members and students from the years above are willing to help as much as they can, or give me guidance to seek help from others. For the University of Exeter in particular, there are many ways to connect with international students such as the Global Chums Scheme and several international societies, you’ll never feel like you’re on your own.
What have you been doing since leaving the University?
I have been working as the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate working with the University of Exeter and Inyanga Maritime Ltd in bridging the knowledge gap for the company. My work focuses the control system design for tidal energy converter devices.
Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?
I had a strong interest in energy conversion and control system during the final 2 years of my study. The KTP opportunity came at the right time when I was finishing my Masters degree which is why I decided to apply. I enjoy learning about the existing system and looking in to how I can improve or adapt the system to suit what the company is looking for and what can be deployed in the real world.
What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?
I enjoyed the practical workshops and ability to access the facility provided by the Renewable Energy Group the most since this helps me enhance my practical skills and apply the knowledge I had learnt from the course. My biggest highlight was when I created the green energy doll's house which demonstrates how some renewable technologies work. This doll's house was used in many exhibitions and STEM events by the Renewable Energy Group and the CEMPs of the University of Exeter, Penryn campus.
Why did you choose to study at Exeter?
I was interested in renewable and low carbon energy sources and I heard of the Renewable Energy course provided by the University of Exeter which has an interesting course structure and wide range of interesting research topics.
What did you enjoy most about studying here?
I learnt both theoretical and practical knowledge from the course which allows me to apply the theory to implement the real world solutions. This fact really is my most favourite thing about the Renewable Energy Engineering course.
What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?
Technical skills; MATLAB simulink, Solidworks, Ansys, Python and other software programming. Interpersonal skills, team working, communication and time management.
What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?
Don't be afraid to ask, if unsure. Don't be afraid to make mistakes but do learn from them. Technical skills may be crucial but interpersonal skills will also support your career life.