Want to have an "expert view" on Electronic Engineering? Read on... Dr.Kate Sugden who teaches Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Electronic Engineering and Computer Science and Communications Engineering at Aston University discusses below the popularity of the subject among students, career options and funding opportunities.
Q. What are the main objectives of this course?
A. The courses are designed to prepare students to work effectively as engineers in industry. This makes them highly employable.
Q. Is this a popular course amongst Indian students? How many Indian students do you have on this course?
A. The courses are very popular with students from India, as the curriculum is exciting and practical, and the modules studied are designed to educate the next generation of future engineers.
The numbers of India students vary year to year but in recent years up to 15% of the students on these courses come from India. These students are obviously split between the subjects, and we have a very good mix of students from other countries (we have students from 120 countries studying at Aston), as well as many UK students.
Q. What qualities do you think students need in order to succeed on this course?
A. As well as academic ability things like enthusiasm, innovation, curiosity and problem solving skills are all important.
Q. What advice would you give to Indian students who are applying to enroll?
A. Aim to qualify in years 1 & 2 for the MEng track. This allows you to get a Master’s level degree in four years including a one year placement in industry. Most of these placements are paid positions with large companies and give you excellent work experience.
Q. What career options are open to Indian graduates from this course?
A. There are many options across a broad range of industrial sectors from automotive, electronics. Power generation, communications and healthcare. A number of our students also go on to complete a PhD.Some of our Indian graduates have also started their own companies for example Skilliantech.
Q. Are there any companies that have recruited students who have completed this course?
A. Our students work for large and small companies - including Hewlett Packard, Intel, National instruments, Corus, Jaguar Landrover, Siemens and Schlumberger.
Q. How does the course prepare students for the professional world and/or further study?
A. We include a large amount of practical design work and problem solving so that graduates can work with not just today’s technology but also tomorrow’s. All our students are members of the IET which is the first step to becoming a Chartered Engineer. By the time our students graduate, aside from academic knowledge, they have extensive experience of product development, team working and project management. In addition, most will have relevant work experience making them highly employable.
Q. Any notable Indian alumni?
A. The most notable Indian alumni from engineering is Ravi Kant, the Vice Chairman and a former managing director of TATA Motors.