Yngve Kristoffersen a Norwegian international student studying MEng Automotive Engineering

Yngve Edvardsen Kristoffersen

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

I decided to study at the University of Leeds because I want to pursue a career in the automotive engineering sector, and this course of study does not exist in Norway. Moreover, the Automotive Engineering course here at Leeds is recognised as being one of the best in the country.

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

I love the fact that I've got to know and work with so many people from all over the world, and that my course is structured so that a lot of the work we do replicates the organisation of real engineering projects within the industry.

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

Last year we had a project where we worked in teams of 6 to design and build an autonomous buggy with fully independent suspension. I was in charge of designing the suspension system for our buggy, and it was a great experience where I learned a lot about suspension components as well as working in a team. The end of the assignment was a competition against all the other teams where we were judged by design, a race, control algorithm coding, and suspension performance. Our team finished in the top three in all events. 

This year I'm doing an individual, year-long project related to Formula Student, where I'm evaluating the addition of a turbocharging system to the University of Leeds Formula Student car. I get to use specialist engine simulation software to predict engine performance, and I also have to do a lot of independent research into the field of turbocharging which is a fun challenge.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

Leeds is a big city with a large student population. This means there are always events on at student friendly prices, and the nightlife is amazing! The Leeds University Union also has a lot of societies that put on cool events no matter what your interests might be. I'm currently a committee member of the Motorsport Society, and we do a lot of go karting, which is one of my favourite activities.

What are your ambitions for the future?

I've been working on repairing, restoring and modifying cars since I was a teenager, and my dream is to take this further, to the point where my job is to design and engineer cars from the ground up. My aim is to start working as an engineer in the automotive sector when I graduate, either in the UK, Scandinavia, or elsewhere in Europe.

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

My course has a lot of team projects which puts students in a very good position to go into industry, where team working is an essential skill. Being part of the Formula Student team where we have to build a single seater race car from the ground up, has given me a greater appreciation of how a design materialises into reality, and how to design for assembly and manufacture.

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

My advice to anyone starting this course is to attend all lectures. This will give you a lot more free time in the long run as you are not stuck playing catch up all the time! You will also get to know your fellow students a lot better which is not only useful for when working on team projects at university, but could turn out to be life-long friends or the start of forming an extensive network for your future career.