Illiana Bazli Binti Baharuddin
- Course: Mechanical Engineering MEng
- Nationality: Malaysian
Why did you decide to study at the University of Leeds?
The first thing that mattered to me when choosing a university was its ranking. The University of Leeds is a high ranking university for mechanical engineering and has a high rating for student satisfaction. I believe a good university should have a good environment for students and the high student satisfaction is a good indicator of this.
What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University and why?
The best thing I think University of Leeds has, is access to virtual learning. Here we have lecture capture where all the lectures are recorded and available on the student portal. This allows me to always have access to the lecture if I need to revise anything back from the class. All the lecturers are very helpful, friendly and approachable and the employability team is also very helpful in helping us with placements/internships/cv writing and practising for interviews. Overall, University of Leeds is the best place to nurture competent students.
Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed so far?
In the first year, we had a project on designing and making a buggy from scratch. It was a very interesting project as every design element, aspect and parameter chosen for the buggy impacted it greatly. In my second year, we had another project on buggy but it was more complicated as we needed to work on the programming as well. It was a very interesting project as it enhanced our creativity and intellectuality. These projects use what we have learned during theoretical classes, applying our knowledge to a real scenario. In my third year, have been trying to improve the 3D printer, which is quite interesting area to focus on as it is currently an emerging area in engineering. Overall, learning at The University of Leeds is fun, intellectually challenging and good for preparing students for the challenges of the real world.
What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?
Leeds is a vibrant city that is full of students. All the necessities are widely available, and you can even get Asian foodstuffs. As a Muslim, you can also easily get halal food in the city.
What are your ambitions for the future?
I am looking forward to working in the Petroleum and Gas sector or in any engineering related company so I can learn and implement more engineering knowledge.
What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?
The employability team at the School of Engineering is very helpful in preparing engineering students for their future career. There are seminars and talks held occasionally by outside companies, as well as the STEM fair which held annually at University of Leeds. This is a good place for students to start looking for jobs, interns and placements.
What would you say to students coming to do the same course?
It is up to you which university you will go as it is a matter of preference. But my advice is to choose a place to learn where you think you can excel, be comfortable and be the best that you can be.