Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

Undergraduate study

“You don't need to be a pro athlete to join the sporting teams and you can always try something new with societies. In the past, I have been part of the gliding club and the University Air Squadron.”

Elliot

Year of Study: Final
Qualification(s): BEng (Hons)
Course: Aeronautical Engineering

Why did you choose Loughborough University?

The University has a high reputation for both student experience and aeronautical engineering. This combined with the facilities available made me choose Loughborough over the rest. The campus lifestyle also meant everything was in one place, as well as being based around the heart of the University, the Students’ Union.

What do you enjoy about your course?

One of the most enjoyable modules I have taken was Gas Turbine Design. As a third year student this topic uses knowledge from a huge amount of previous year's modules and culminates all this work to design a jet engine, each individual having a different specification to design the engine to. Although this was a huge amount of work, the sense of achievement with the final result was huge.

Another module on the course is called aircraft stability and flight test, which is particularly exciting. This module involves theoretically assessing the performance of a Jetstream aircraft. Then one week, we visited Cranfield University's National Flying Laboratory Centre where we flew in the Jetstream, assessing the characteristics we had predicted previously. This part of the course was great fun, going flying with mates, as well as giving us a practical insight into the work we're conducting at University.

Tell us about your final year project

For my final year project I'm using a combination of the wind tunnel and computational fluid dynamics to investigate the varying effects of endplates on the aerodynamic characteristics of the wing.

This has been one of the most enjoyable parts of my course, as it allows me to conduct and plan my own project, investigating something that has never been done before. Applying knowledge learnt over the course of the degree to my own project is very satisfying.

What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?

The labs in year two using the University's own supersonic nozzle and test compressor were particularly interesting.

Have you had any support from the University?

Throughout my time at University a personal tutor has always been available should I have issues with work, home life etc. As well as this, all the staff in the department, despite being very busy, are always willing to make time to help the students out.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?

Through University I have been sponsored by the Royal Air Force, and upon graduation I will embark on a career with them. The knowledge gained from my degree will not only help throughout training but will also help me achieve my ambition of becoming a test pilot in the future.

What would you say to someone considering your course?

Go for it! In my experience the course attracts like-minded people, all willing to help each other out, a culture that thrives at Loughborough. This combined with the facilities and staff makes for a very enjoyable experience through both easier times, and harder times.

How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?

The opportunities available at Loughborough for sporting activities and society based activities are huge. You don't need to be a pro athlete to join the sporting teams and you can always try something new with societies. I have been part of the gliding club previously which offers flying at a hugely subsidised rate, something that can't be matched elsewhere. The societies are also all student led so this allows you to gain skills such as leadership etc., which very attractive to employers. Also being part of the University Air Squadron has offered incredible experiences and opportunities that has developed me as an individual a huge amount.

The most enjoyable thing about being an LU student is most probably the people you meet along the way. On the whole like-minded individuals means great mates are made along the way and there's always somewhere to go in Loughborough or something to do.

Has Loughborough inspired you?

Although I knew what I wanted to do as a career coming to Loughborough, the University inspired me to take an incredibly active interest in how things work and has certainly moulded me into being an inquisitive thinker.