24 Sep 2019
Loughborough student becomes one of the first to join Siemens’ Digital Academy
A student from Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering has become one of the first to have been accepted onto a brand-new sponsorship programme by Siemens.
The programme has been developed to discover, inspire and nurture the next generation of engineering and technological talent. It aims to offer undergraduates a practical and collaborative space to explore Industry 4.0 technologies and put the theory they have learnt on their courses into real-world use.
Maryem Khan joins five other students from across the UK who study electrical and electronic engineering or computer science.
She was selected to be in the first cohort from the inaugural Sir William Siemens Challenge, a two-day hackathon-style event where students were required to invent a new device powered by data.
Speaking about the programme, Maryem said: "I am delighted to be one of the six interns selected to take part in the Digital Academy.
“This opportunity has allowed me to get involved with exciting projects and discover new challenges for the industry to overcome. Being part of the Digital Academy has made me realise how to become a better engineer through networking and developing new skills to innovate a better future for everyone."
Ian Donald, Head of R&D at Siemens Digital Factory in Congleton, commented: “We really want to develop the next generation of engineers who can create and develop new and exciting things.
“The Digital Academy takes that experience to the next level. It illustrates that engineering is a practical subject where the real and virtual worlds co-exist and where data plays an increasingly important part in creating value.
“It’s not just about sitting at a computer, it’s really hands-on. It’s about interaction, working in teams to solve actual problems – which is what this pilot cohort will be doing this summer.”
Students who are interested in applying for the next Siemens Digital Academy cohort can find out more information here.