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Ella Bailey

Ella is in the third year of her degree and is undertaking a year in industry with Formula 1 Team Scuderia Toro Rosso.

What is your role within the company and can you give us an insight into a typical day?

I essentially work as a Junior Aerodynamicist within the mid car team.

An aerodynamic objective, e.g. a flow feature we want to introduce or improve, is often set by the team and then I, sometimes along with others, will come up with ideas on how to achieve this. Then, I will construct this concept in CAD, occasionally it will be constructed by a surfacer, and send the geometry to CFD. Any amendments needed will then be made and the process repeated. Once I am happy with the CFD result I will send my part to the wind tunnel.

I work shifts in the wind tunnel for a few days every couple of weeks, at the moment alongside some of the more experienced members of my team. This involves making sure the right model parts are going on the model, the model quality is of a high standard and analysing the data. Any good parts are then left on the model, and as we are currently working on the 2020 car, will become part of the launch specification.

What do you enjoy the most and do you get involved in any interesting projects?

I enjoy the freedom to be able to design almost anything, within reason, and then being able to make continual improvements to it. I think that everything I work on is interesting although I can’t be specific.

Why did you want to undertake a year in industry?

I wanted to complete a year in industry as having the work experience would help me massively when applying for jobs in the future.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned during the year?

One of the most useful things I’ve learnt is Siemens NX 12, a CAD software. My skills have developed greatly in this area and it is something I will be able to transfer when I return to university.

Has your experience given you a better idea of what you want to do for a career?

I have thoroughly enjoyed my year so far and I think it has given me a better idea about what I want to do as a career.