I went to The Whitby High School in Cheshire, and then The University of Huddersfield.
GCSEs, AS Levels, A Levels, MEng degree (still studying!)
My first ever part-time job when I was 16 was at McDonalds. Since then I have worked in various retail jobs including mens suit shops, I have been a Supplier Quality Intern on my placement year, and now I am a Student Ambassador at my University.
I work as a Student Ambassador at The University of Huddersfield. In this job I help to show people what it is like to study at University, give people tours of our campus, and take part in events and open days.
I'm a final year Mechanical Engineering student just finishing my masters (remotely) from The University of Huddersfield.
Hi I’m Rhianne, I’m 22 and just finishing studying my MEng masters degree in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Huddersfield.
When I’m not too busy studying I enjoy going to music concerts and festivals, going to art galleries, meeting up with my friends, travelling to new places, and cooking!
At the moment I am still studying different topics of engineering! A major project I have been working on this year involves designing and making a minaiture railway vehicle (a mini train).
The subject that I am studying is “Mechanical Engineering” – this is a very big subject and I get to learn about lots of different topics. One common thing is that mechanical engineering involves lots of problem solving.
This year, I have been working on The University of Huddersfield’s IMechE Railway Challenge team, where we work to design and make a miniature railway locomotive (a mini train) and we enter a competition against other teams.
For a big project I worked on last year, I researched 3D Printing methods, and I 3D printed lots of different sample materials which I then tested to see how strong they were before they broke.
As part of my degree I took an undergraduate placement year at Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery, Lincoln, where they make small industrial gas turbines for power generation purposes.
Before going to University I studied A-Levels in Engineering, Maths, and Product Design… before A-Levels I had never really considered Engineering.
My Typical Day: Usually I get up early in the morning to go to the gym. Then I have breakfast and get to University for around 9.30am. Usually I have a few hours of classes in the day, but I spend the rest of my time working on the computer running simulations, or doing practical work to make things in the lab.
Usually I get up early in the morning to go to the gym.
Then I have breakfast and get to University for around 9.30am.
Usually I have a few hours of classes in the day, but I spend the rest of my time working on the computer running simulations, or doing practical work to make things in the lab.
In my spare time, I run a 3D Printing Society at my University where I work with other students to help people understand how 3D Printing works and give access to 3D printers that they can use and practice with. This year we have had a lot of fun with this and made lots of cool things like christmas-tree decorations and “baby yoda” ornaments. We also do lots of community work and have been working on making 3D maps to help people who have visual impairments understand their surroundings.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Enthusiastic, friendly, and determined.
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
I got to go to Buckingham palace and meet Prince Charles for the Queens Anniversary Prize ceremony with the Institute of Railway Research
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
One of my old teachers encouraged me to pursue engineering
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Not really, sometimes for being too chatty!
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I'm not sure... something creative that involves working with people.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
I really like a band called "Blossoms" at the moment.
What's your favourite food?
curry, or chocolate cake.. not at the same time!
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I have been on the world's fastest zip wire in North Wales, where you zip wire face first over a huge quarry! It was a bit scary but lots of fun.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To be happy, healthy and have fun!