Brandon Phua

Brandon Phua

Why did you decide to study BEng Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds?

I have always been interested in the mechanics of how machines/objects around us work. I've also had a particular strength and interest in physics and mathematics subjects in school. For many years now, my curiosity regarding the engineering principles behind car and aircraft engines, robotics and technology made me certain that engineering was the right path for me. 

What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University and why?

Studying throughout this first year at the University of Leeds has greatly broadened my knowledge of engineering principles. Through the various lectures and hands-on lab sessions, I'm very satisfied with all that the lecturers have taught me so far. Just the thought that there's so much more to be learnt in the next two years here makes me all the more eager for Year 2 to begin!

Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed so far?

In the first year we were required to complete a total of 5 engineering projects. We built a gearbox, designed an elastically powered buggy, built a model bridge, and worked on LabView and MatLab software programs. All projects require you to work in teams of 4-6. For the gearbox build, we used a SolidWorks program to create and assemble model parts, before putting the gearbox together in a prototype lab. The buggy design project had teams each designing a buggy and racing them against each other in a competition. For the bridge building project, we had to make use of engineering design processes and principles to model and put together bridge that could withstand a sample load. The LabView and MatLab projects had us writing a program for a sample palpatronix equipment.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

Leeds is a peaceful yet exciting city. The quiet environment around the university is ideal for students to get some studying done, whilst the city, which is only a 10 minute walk away from the university, is flourishing with many shops and restaurants for students to get good break away from their stressful schedules. 

What are your ambitions for the future?

I aim to work in a company where I will be able to get lots of hands on engineering experience, as compared to that of an office job. I'm looking towards working for high-end automobile companies such as Rolls Royce and BMW. 

What Experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?

Leeds offers a great balance between studies and recreation. This balance is vital for everyone in their future work life. Without this, well, as the saying goes, 'all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy'. The balance of work and play at Leeds sets me up for the stress that will be coming my way in my future career.

What would you say to students coming to do the same course?

Look forward to it because its definitely worth it. The learning experience in the School of Mechanical Engineering is like no other. Enjoy your time in Leeds!