A Headstart course introduced Rosie to engineering as a career option, and now she’s undertaking an MEng to further her skills. She hopes future work experience will help her choose a sector to focus on.
Rosie Lowther is currently a first year undergraduate studying engineering at the University of Cambridge. She started her course after completing A levels in maths, further maths, chemistry and physics. She chose to study engineering because she wanted to tackle a challenging subject that would lead to a rewarding career, as well as play to her strengths in maths and science.
“It’s a difficult subject so can be challenging at times, but it is also very interesting. I enjoy learning about the various branches of engineering in lectures and labs,” she explains.
Aside from engineering, Rosie really enjoys ice skating and has competed and coached in the past. She also likes art and textiles and is currently involved with a design team at university.
Before starting at university Rosie did some research on the Internet and discovered Headstart courses, run by EDT for students interested in taster courses on engineering. She was lucky enough to gain a place on the Loughborough scheme, which she thoroughly enjoyed.
As part of the scheme she was given the opportunity to take part in a solar powered car competition.
“We built model cars about 20-30cm in length with small solar panels and various materials. My partner and I won our round, the aim of which was to have the fastest car. It was really exciting and made you start thinking about applying your knowledge to designing something real,” she says.
As she’s still in the early years of her MEng she hasn’t yet decided which areas of engineering to focus on and is still exploring her options.
“Work experience next year may help me to decide,” she says. “I've actually secured work experience with a small company called Fluid Gravity who work with the European Space Agency. It will require my computer programming skills but also my knowledge of maths and fluid dynamics, which I'll learn about in lectures.
“However I’ve been particularly interested in lectures on bioengineering so that may be something I want to do in the future too,” she says.
Rosie joined the IET in October 2011 when she was awarded an IET Jubilee undergraduate scholarship and has already found membership very useful.
“The membership allows you to take part in local network events, which is great for making contacts and attending events you might otherwise miss. The student membership allows you to meet many inspiring engineers and could start off on your career,” she explains.