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IEP students and ENGins impress industry

29 November 2015

Engineers and recruiters from engineering and the financial sector attended the launch of UCL Engineering’s news and industry outreach website, known as UCL ENGins, earlier this term. The event not only included a demonstration of the tech news site, which brings together articles from across the trade press in engineering and the physical sciences, but also featured work students had done in their first year of the Integrated Engineering Programme (IEP). According to Dr Sunny Bains, who organised the event and runs the UCL ENGins website, the students were impressive: particularly to the external audience. She hopes to make the event bigger next year, and that more departments will participate.

“At the networking event that followed the main presentation, people from both in and out of college kept coming up to me and saying how impressed they were with our intelligent and articulate students,” said Dr Bains. “The faculty careers staff and IEP team also said they received a lot of interest… with offers of internships and requests for collaboration.”

One of the students who gave a talk, Edward James (second year Biomedical Engineering, pictured), was the winner of the Best Overall Communicator prize for the inaugural IEP cohort. Other students whose work was showcased included Hasani Ade and Shujie Pan (Electonic and Electrical Engineering); Shivam Dhall, Sandipan Ganguly, Heidi Tan, Bethany Graves, Alexandra Denisyuk, Vicky Dineshchandra, and Hekla Helgadottir (Computer Science); Adithya Srimadeva, Eisuke Shinizu, Ataollah Naghavi, Ratik Mahajan and George Kokkinos (Mechanical Engineering), Jin Hew Arvinran Rajendran (Chemical Engineering); and Salem Morelli (Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering).

The work that was presented included videos and presentations from the Design and Professional Skills module, a video from the first Integrated Engineering challenge, and work from Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science scenarios led by Dr Tim Baker and Rae Harbird respectively.

Edward James, winner of the Best Overall Communicator prize in the launch year of the IEP, talks to an audience of potential employers, staff, and students at the Engineering Inspiration launch. Credit: Zhicheng Liu

Edward James, winner of the Best Overall Communicator prize in the launch year of the IEP, talks to an audience of potential employers, staff, and students at the Engineering Inspiration launch. Credit: Zhicheng Liu

Though students were the main stars of the event, the Engineering Inspiration news site was also well received. “The point of ENGins is to give the technical community a single place to go to keep in touch to the subjects that matter to them, and to allow people to instantly tailor the site to their own interests,” said Dr Bains. “We seem to have succeeded: I had a senior engineer from a major engineering firm come up to me and tell me that he saw a new article of interest in the first minute of the demo.”

The event was kicked off by Dr John Mitchell, Founding Director of the IEP and Vice-Dean for Education. He introduced both the philosophy behind the new programme—to allow students to use the knowledge they acquire in a practical way so they can become to become creative engineers—as well as the details of the way the IEP works.

Dr Bains hopes to build on the success of this event next year, by including a demo/poster session as part of the event. “In the course I run for the IEP,” she says, “we try to teach people to be good technical communicators in lots of different ways: through writing, speaking and even through good graphs and diagrams. Next year, we hope to give more students a chance to show off these skills to the people who really matter… potential employers.”

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