- Course: Mechatronics and Robotics MSc
- Year of graduation: 2015
- Nationality: British
- Job title: Animatronic Control Engineer
- Company: Blachere Illumination
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/simon-bye-72320b85
What have you been doing since finishing your studies? What are you doing in terms of your career?
I started as a nuclear engineer but found it quite boring so moved into robotics and control.
What company are you currently working for, what is your role and what does it involve?
I currently work for Blachere Illumination designing and building interactive robotics and animatronics which utilises nearly all of what i learned in my degree course.
What experiences at Leeds do you think have particularly helped with your career or will help with your future career?
My main project building a strength enhancing exoskeleton allowed me to develop a wide range of skills which can be applied to a variety of engineering fields. The project was really enjoyable which made it easy to work hard on and learn new skills.
Looking back, why did you choose to study your particular course and why did you choose the University of Leeds?
Because it is one of the best in the UK for robotics and they are always looking to develop their skill set to remain at the cutting edge of the mechatronics and robotics field,
What were the best aspects of your academic life at University and why? Any highlights?
The students i worked with were as enthusiastic as i was about robotocs. This created a great working environment and a good social aspect to the course as well.
What other activities outside of your studies were you involved in?
Visiting CERN was a highlight for me, its an oportunito not everybody gets and well worth doing.
What advice would you give to students thinking about choosing the same area of study at Leeds or thinking about the same career?
This is a reasonably tough course so you must be willing to work hard, but the knowledge gained makes getting a job relatively easy. It is worth doing if you enjoy all aspects of engineering.