Aerospace Engineering at UWE — Muhammad Miah

Muhammad Miah is an aerospace engineering graduate with a first class degree from the University of the West of England. While at UWE he took part in outreach activities with Primary School students giving him the opportunity to inspire the next generation of engineers.

Below is his experience at UWE.

Studying Aerospace Engineering at the University of the West of England (UWE) was certainly the most interesting and enjoyable three years of my life.

I moved to Bristol and began my experience living in the university’s campus accommodation. There were shops, cafés, a bank and even a barber all on campus. It felt as if I had moved into a little town in the middle of a big city. The sense of a campus community helped me to settle in and make new friends very quickly.

It was not long before I found myself in my very first lecture for ‘Engineering Mathematics’. This was one of the few modules I shared with students across all engineering disciplines, so there was always quite a lot of people and the lecture room felt slightly crammed. Nevertheless, the lectures were great. We engaged for the entire hour as the enthusiastic lecturer, Bas, worked through segments of his workbook with us.

‘Engineering Mathematics’ was one of five modules I was enrolled on to during my first year. As I progressed into my second year of studies, I was given the option of whether I would like to specialise in aircraft design, systems or manufacturing. My choice was to take systems, giving me five to six modules to study each year of my degree, taught through both lectures and tutorials.

The lectures were mostly made up of larger cohorts, this is where most of the course knowledge was conveyed, helping us to gain important context and useful information for exams and coursework. Whereas the tutorials comprised of much smaller groups, giving us the chance to interact and engage with our peers and lecturers, for a better learning experience.

However, the tutorials weren’t the only opportunity to work with and learn from my peers. The coursework for the majority of my modules throughout the three-year programme, were group projects. This type of assignment was amongst a diverse range of assessments.

The groups were typically assigned at random, providing us excellent ways to gain graduate attributes such as communication, writing, reflecting, thinking critically, exercising personal judgement, taking initiative and having awareness of responsibilities to others. The attributes were obtained by generating outputs such as technical reports, academic publications, presentations; posters and exhibitions.

I got to work on some really cool projects, especially in my final year, with my individual project for my dissertation to group projects on UAV flight controls. All of the tools I required for learning were provided to me by the university and now I have experience using CAD programmes, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), MATLAB & Simulink and lots of other great programmes.

My highlight of studying Aerospace Engineering was definitely when I was given the opportunity to have a flying experience, subsidised by the university, in a Piper PA-28. This was an aircraft that my group and I were studying the flight dynamics of for an assessment in our final year.

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