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Our Alumni

Constructing the future, today

Want to be a part of shaping the future? Our alumni have some inspiring stories about how they have gone on to achieve exactly that. Below you will find insights into some of the career opportunities available to you after graduating with an engineering or architecture degree. 

 
Sophie Whitworth wearing a hard hat and a high-visibility jacket in a process engineering lab.
Chemical Engineering MEng - Class of 2020

During my degree I completed a year-long industrial placement at Cargill. Completing a year in industry was a completely different lifestyle to university. I’m really glad I took that year out to learn more about the practical applications of engineering and to identify the scope of roles I could get involved in. 

Since graduating I have secured a role as a Making and Utilities Process Engineer at P&G’s Reading Plant, where we produce Gillette and Old Spice products.I think one of my favourite parts is having the freedom to work collaboratively with colleagues with multiple skillsets to drive improvements, be that to a physical or digital process, with the aim of reducing consumption or introducing a time saving.

Sam Thursby stood outside the Walkers factory.

Sam Thursby

Chemical Engineering MEng  - class of 2020

During my degree I took an exciting opportunity to join Walkers Snack Foods (PepsiCo) for my placement year.

Some of the influential projects that I worked on throughout the role included the upgrade of packaging machines, improvement of the site's understanding of water and gas to reduce usage and I created a flow chart to aid problem solving for the operations and maintenance teams. This gave me great insight into finding innovative solutions to improve manufacturing processes for large organisations.

Since graduating, I have joined Integrated Food Projects as a process project engineer. My role focuses on projects to develop and enhance food process lines. These range from improving individual pieces of equipment for existing manufacturers, to supporting large teams designing brand new factories to shape the future of food production. 

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Shamiso Oneka

Architecture BArch - class of 2014

After graduating, I worked at Bennetts Associates before studying at Central Saint Martins on the spatial practices programme. With these qualifications, I joined the urban research team at We Made That, contributing to several leading research studies, urban frameworks and published design guidance. Now, as an urban design officer and a public practice associate – I am using my diverse skill set to manage design and policy development in the London Borough of Haringey.

I have written articles for FRAME and Blueprint magazines; and exhibited my work at Tate Modern and the London Design Festival. Contributing to the architectural field across these outlets is something that I am very proud of. 

Ross O'Brien

Ross O’Brien

I studied mechanical engineering, with a focus on sustainability and an intent to join the energy industry.

I have spent most of my career working at operating sites within chemicals and refining businesses.

More recently I have taken on the role of business advisor, supporting the CEO and leadership team. It has been a brilliant development role for me, offering plenty of insights into how the business is run and inspiration as we move towards a net-zero energy future.  

Jack Greenard

Jack Greenard

I'm Jack Greenard, I graduated with a first class MEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2015 – one of my highlights was winning the electrical and electronic engineering prize.

Since then, I have joined Hoare Lea which is a leading engineering consultancy firm providing specialist solutions to design challenges across the UK. As an electrical engineer in this field, I work on various elements of electrical design and other specialisms such as lighting, fire alarm data and security in the design of buildings. I have been in this role for three years now, having started my career at AECOM, a global engineering firm, following a successful summer placement as part of my degree.

Since leaving university I have progressed from a junior member of the project design team to lead designer, looking after a range of building projects. Going forward, working with STEM is an exciting part of my future aspirations to increase awareness of STEM subjects and my field of engineering.

 

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