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Sarah Ogden  

I was an undergraduate within the Department and decided to stay on to do a PhD, as I had the opportunity to work on a project relating to gas turbine materials which was of real interest to me. The project involved a large research consortium of universities and industrial partners within the UK power generation supply sector. My research was focussed on the micro-structural evolution of coated Ni-based superalloys with time and temperature.

My role of Materials Engineer at E.ON involves managing a wide range of materials based projects in support of the plant operation. This can include failure investigations of plant components, identifying root causes and recommending actions, as well as on-site visual inspections in order to evaluate the integrity of a component. The job also covers managing research based projects aimed at improving the understanding of current and new materials for more extreme operating conditions in order to reduce emissions.

Even though my PhD was in a specialised subject it gave me a wider understanding of the industry, their prime goals and reasoning and how that differs from academia. The PhD also allowed me to meet a number of contacts within key companies of the power industry which inevitably assisted in my employment, and has been beneficial ever since.


 

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