Craig Thomas, MEng, BEng Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering alumni.

Craig Thomas

What have you been doing since finishing your studies?

Since graduating, I have embarked on a career in academia, undertaking a PhD within the School of Mechanical Engineering here at the University of Leeds.

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

My entire university experience has helped my personal development in terms of providing me with the necessary tools to accomplish my career goals. Access to state of the art facilitates, equipment and in particular the willingness of staff and faculty to offer additional levels of academic and personal support at the university provided me an environment where I felt confident, I would succeed in whichever chosen field.

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

I have always been fascinated by aircraft from an early age and was lucky enough to have the chance gain work experience as an aircraft maintenance technician whilst study aerospace engineering at college. I wanted to challenge myself by going into further education and cited Leeds as one of the top engineering universities in the country. Upon visiting the university and the city itself, I knew that Leeds was the right place to for me.

What was the best aspect of your course?

From an academic standpoint the best aspect of the course was the facilities and the staff. I felt I was able to cultivate a great repour with many of the module leaders/Lecturers and the access to facilities like Minerva and Lecture capture were invaluable throughout my studies. From a personal point of view the best aspect of the course were the friendships I was able to make.

Can you tell us about some of the exciting projects you completed as part of your degree?

During the degree in particular the first and second years, there are many interesting projects which allow you to put in to practice some of the engineering knowledge gained. The first-year project, which is to design and build a glider, was my personal favourite. It allowed us as students to first design the glider putting in to practice some of the engineering science specific to aerospace, whilst also letting us get hands on experience by building and testing our designs in a competitive setting.

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

I would say that the University of Leeds is an excellent place to further your education with a excellent system of support for both personal and academic development. 

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

Leeds as a city is a great place to live. I’ve heard it been referred to as the London of the north and my own personal experiences would agree. There is lots to do here in Leeds and the student nightlife isn’t to bad either.