I've been involved with in a project to design machines to recycle plastics

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Joseph Fields
Undergraduate student
MEng Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering with a Year in Industry
2024
MEng Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering with a Year in Industry student Joseph Fields has been active in societies such as the ACSE student society, Engineers without Borders and Ice Hockey. He is planning on a Year in Industry and wants to go into research and development.
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"I chose Mechatronics and Robotic Engineering as it is a diverse field that can be applied to a wide range of industries. I always found automatic systems really interesting so this course was a perfect fit for me."

"One of the main things I have enjoyed this year is the creative freedom given to us in group projects. After being provided with a problem from industry, we are able to consider a wide range of options and design something that we consider to be the best solution. This also taught me about project management and teamwork, alongside the engineering skills."

"Sheffield is one of my favourite places as I find the University meshes really well with the city. This means the campus doesn't feel like it's own separate place, and you're always close to anything going on in the city. Also, with the Peak District so close to Sheffield, a day away from the noise is always an option too."

"I am also involved in a few societies at University. I have been the Social Secretary for ACSE Society, and I am the Inclusions Officer this year. I'm also involved with an 'Engineers Without Borders' group called 'Precious Plastics'. This team are designing machines to recycle plastics that would usually go to landfill.

"I also play Ice Hockey with the Sheffield Bears team. I had the opportunity to play in Varsity 2's last year, which was a mind-blowing experience."

"I still haven't decided what I want to do after University, so I am doing a Year in Industry Placement. This will help me gain some experience and allow me to work out which areas I enjoy. So far, I am interested in the Research and Development field as it allows me to think creatively and use cutting-edge technology."

"The mathematics involved with an Engineering degree can seem daunting at first, but the University has a wide variety of help available. I was initially worried I would be behind in this area, but with the support available, I was able to grasp new concepts quicker than I thought I ever could."

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