Molly Cherry, BEng Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering alumni

Molly Cherry


What have you been doing since finishing your studies? 

Since finishing my studies I have started a PhD with the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Fluid Dynamics at the University of Leeds. I’m currently starting my third year of the course, having completed an MSc in fluid dynamics alongside the PhD. My PhD is focusing on medical engineering, in particular using computational fluid dynamics to help predict blood flow through the large blood vessels post-surgery.

What experiences at Leeds do you think have particularly helped with your career?

The modules that I was able to study, and the choice in dissertation projects have helped me to get where I am today in terms of my PhD, as I was able to focus on computational fluid dynamics from my third year. This gave me plenty of opportunity to gain skills that would later prove to be key in my work.

Why did you choose to study your particular course and why did you choose the University of Leeds?

I chose to do Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering because I have always had an interest in maths and physics, which I was lucky to be able to develop throughout my time at school. I have also always enjoyed learning how things work and problem solving.

Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering was a natural choice to continue these passions and allow myself to further them.

I chose the University of Leeds as I had previously visited the city, and felt at home here straight away. The university had a good reputation, and the course had a good mix of theoretical and practical work which appealed to myself, particularly as I have also always enjoyed the more hands on aspects of engineering

What was the best aspect of your course?

The best part of the course was the friendly and supportive environment, from both the lecturers as well as the other students.


What activities outside of your studies were you involved in?

Outside of my course, I joined multiple sports societies, but became heavily involved with the Kickboxing and Krav Maga society, gaining seven belts throughout my time at the club, and becoming president of the society as well as a qualified kickboxing instructor.

What would you say to students thinking about studying your course?

Definitely apply! Although you are pushed hard throughout the course, the staff are incredibly supportive and experienced, and are always willing to help out.