International Woman in Engineering Day 2018 offers an exciting opportunity to introduce early career researchers who will be our Engineering leaders of tomorrow. Anna Harley is an Ulster University graduate achieving a first class honours in BEng Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Building on her interesting placement year at Seagate Technology, Anna was inspired to develop as an Engineering professional and has been successfully appointed as a PhD Researcher on the North West Centre for Advanced Manufacturing (NW CAM).
Undertaking the industrial placement at Seagate Technology was invaluable to help Anna shape her thoughts for her career, commenting:
“Seagate had an impressive Research and Development department that produces ground breaking technologies. My time with the company reinforced that a future goal of mine would be to attain a PhD. At present I am now 6 months into my PhD and I believe undertaking this will accommodate for a dual-emphasis on technical content and professional skills development, something I believe is vital as an Engineer”.
Working within a dynamic team, Anna is one of the few female Engineers working on the NW CAM project, the other female being Ulster University‘s Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones, based in the Centre for Engineering Research holding the role of Principal Investigator for the NW CAM. Being a part of the NW Centre for Advanced Manufacturing, Anna alongside her PhD colleagues, will be experiencing multi-layered, multi-disciplinary training to build create a community of engineers and innovators of tomorrow.
Building capacity within research students through research projects, such as NW CAM, offers a mechanism for students to work in a dynamic industrial led research environment where the impact of research is being experienced first-hand. Anna’s research focuses on the development of process simulation models for metal laser sintering, working in collaboration with Laser Prototypes Europe (LPE) at Ulster University's Magee campus. Starting on her journey in her engineering career, Anna states:
“My PhD at Ulster with NW CAM feeds my passion for research and allows me to achieve something significant, to discover and learn something new, and to improve myself on a professional and personal capacity.”