Engineering You're Hired

Engineering You're Hired 

We are looking for alumni and industry contacts familiar with Engineering project design and implementation to support almost 1,500 second year students with their stills development.

Date: Wednesday 31 January and Friday 2 February 2018
Time: Wednesday 9:30am - 5pm, Friday 11:30am - 5pm
Venue: The Diamond, The University of Sheffield

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Engineering You're Hired (EYH)

Engineering You’re Hired is a week long activity that builds on the first year project week, Global Engineering Challenge. Students work in multidisciplinary teams and bring their own discipline knowledge to collaboratively propose a design and a plan to take it to the “proof of concept” stage.

A number of the projects have been suggested by industry, creating a current and relevant opportunity for students to apply their academic learning to industry.

Previous projects have included:

  • Design a sustainable swarm robot system that is able to perform the monitoring for a precision agriculture system
  • Design a gadget that is used by cyclists to improve road safety
  • Design a fuel-efficient autonomous road vehicle
  • Design an adaptable additive manufacturing system for the design of large buildings

Throughout the week the students work through the design process:


Define - Understanding the problem


Decide - Define & quantify the design question


Data - Will it work? Calculations to prove the concept. Involvement of Industry Mentors


Develop - Design development & project plan


Defend - Present and defend project plan. Involvement of Industry Assessors

Your role 

There are two roles available for alumni and industry contacts to participate in.

Industry Mentor

Wednesday 31 January 2018, 9:30am - 5pm 
(optional tour of the new £81m Diamond building at 09:00am, our largest ever investment in teaching and learning)

Who we are looking for:

Alumni and industry contacts familiar with engineering project planning and implementation.

Unfortunately we are not able to accommodate those in further study or academia as we already have representation throughout the week.

Industry mentor role:

You will work with the student groups throughout the day, bringing your real-world experience in project implementation to bear on their projects. Student groups are able to 'consult' any of the industrial mentors about their projects.

One or two industrial mentors will be assigned to a hub of student groups to talk to them informally about their projects. This will be followed by 'boardroom' sessions, during which you will join a staff member and PhD student facilitator to feedback on student presentations.

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Industry Assessor FULLY BOOKED

Friday 2 February 2018, 11:30am - 5pm
(optional tour of the new £81m Diamond building at 10:45am, our largest ever investment in teaching and learning)

Who we are looking for:

Alumni and industry contacts who are in senior leadership positions.

Industry assessor role:

Along with a member of staff and PhD facilitator, you will form a panel that students will pitch to for hypothetical funding for their project.

The students will present on the project design they have developed throughout the week and a plan of how to take it to the proof of concept stage.

Each panel will review six student groups and you will be able to ask questions about their proposal following the students' presentation.

The PhD Facilitator may highlight relevant questions on the technical proposal that has been submitted prior to the event, and other student groups will also be present and may also ask questions.

Following the showcase event, you are invited to attend the finale led by senior staff to announce the winning team from each hub.

Engineering You're Hired group

We would be very grateful if you could circulate this among other alumni and contacts that you think may be interested in attending.

If you have any questions, please contact Richard Ward, Learning and Teaching Development Manager (Faculty of Engineering), 0114 222 1358