1 October 2007 - 1 June 2012
Chemical engineering is primarily about manufacturing chemicals on an industrial scale in a safe and economical manner. This degree therefore contained the fundamentals of process design, such as:
- mass, heat and momentum transport,
- reactor design,
- binary distillation,
- heat exchangers and heat integration,
- other unit operations such as liquid-liquid extraction, membrane filtration and crystallisation.
As well as this, there were also topics of a professional and economic nature, such as:
- calculation of plant and process capital and operating costs,
- energy reuse and recycling,
- project management and marketing,
- renewable energy sources and life-cycle analysis.
In my third year I undertook a ... Read more
6 January 2010 - 5 October 2011
Over two years I undertook four level 3 modules with the Open University in physics and mathematics in the following four subjects:
Combined, the modules were equivalent to the third year of an undergraduate physics degree, and I had to use my time management skills very effectively to fit the extra 16 hours of weekly study around my work at Mott MacDonald and my existing university work. I used existing credit from my first two years at the University of Birmingham to create an Open University Open Degree.
20 June 2011 - 10 September 2011
During the summer of 2011 I worked as a research student in the University of Birmingham's Condensed Matter Research Department. The work involved modelling the interaction of neutrons with magnetic fields to aid in the design of electromagnets to separate neutrons according to their wavelength. My primary responsibilities were:
- writing and testing simulation code;
- considering possible approaches to the problem;
- liaising with research staff to discuss new approaches and results.
I wrote the simulation in MATLAB, a language I was familiar with at the time. The code needed to have a straightforward interface so that others could use it ... Read more