Graduate Electrical Engineer Aayush talks to us about his Sheffield experience, and the future

Photograph of EEE alumni Aayush on graduation day
Aayush Kumar
Graduate Electrical Engineer in Building Services, Cundal
BEng and MSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Aayush is from Patna, Bihar (India) and studied the BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Sheffield, followed by an MSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with a specialisation in semiconductors. He's now working at Cundall as a Graduate Electrical Engineer.
Photograph of EEE alumni Aayush on graduation day
EEE alumni Aayush on graduation day

Which course(s) did you study in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering?

I studied BEng in Electronic & Electrical Engineering (2015 - 2018) . Then I did MSc in Electronic & Electrical Engineering with specialisation in semiconductors (2021-2022).

What made you decide to choose Sheffield for your studies?

Sheffield offered the course I was looking for with flexibility in choosing my modules. Everyone at the university seemed friendly and helpful after I spoke with professors and faculty members. In addition, I received a scholarship and the living costs in Sheffield were lower than in other parts of the country, which made international studies more affordable for me.

And what made you choose your course?

Maths and physics have always been my favourite subjects. At the beginning, I was more inclined to study mathematics, but after researching different engineering options, I changed my mind. I chose electrical engineering because it offered me the opportunity to study topics such as electrical circuits, semiconductors, maths, and programming. Also included in the course were a number of opportunities to learn about industrial applications.

What first inspired you to pursue your current role?

The opportunity to work on new projects across the UK and Europe, and the direct application of my theoretical knowledge in electrical design, inspired me to choose my current role.

Is there anything in particular that drew you to your current company?

I will be working at the Cundall, Ireland office as a graduate electrical engineer in building services. I was attracted to the company because of their commitment to sustainable practices and the use of state-of-the-art technologies to push the industry forward. 

How did your course and University experience prepare you for your current role? (You might refer here to your course experience, societies, internships, part-time work, your social life, support from University services, for example, the Careers Service; or anything else)

My course offered technical skills required to pursue my career. In addition, I worked part-time as a residence life mentor and (MSc) academic representative. I have gained skills in making successful professional relationships through these roles, which have included supporting and consulting with students and mentees. I also volunteered for EWB (Engineers Without Borders) in Sheffield for two years. As a result, I have gained confidence in articulating and presenting my views to diverse audiences, taking initiative, and leading interdisciplinary teams.

Photograph of EEE BEng and MSc alumni Aayush Kumar
EEE BEng and MSc alumni Aayush Kumar returned to the Department for a visit (pictured here in the Heartspace within the Faculty of Engineering)

What are your main responsibilities in your current role?

I will be responsible for designing the building's electrical system and its power consumption analysis. For this role I will be moving to Dublin, Ireland.

What is your greatest achievement to date?

As the first person in my family to complete an international education and a master's degree, I consider this my greatest achievement. The journey has been enjoyable, yet challenging, but I am proud of myself and my family for making it possible.

What advice would you give to a student interested in studying your subject at Sheffield?

The faculty and facilities at Sheffield are excellent, so attend your lectures and ask questions! Get involved in different societies and enjoy the view from the western bank library.

What advice would you give to a student interested in pursuing a similar career?

From what I have learned so far, I believe that strong communication and teamwork are crucial. As part of your university experience, take part in extracurricular projects or part-time work that enables you to develop transferable skills.

How would you describe your future career goals?

In the next five years, I want to become a chartered engineer, develop my networking skills in order to bring in new clients.

What are your best memories of your time at Sheffield?

I have lived in Sheffield for almost five years now, so I've made it my home. Enjoying the summer in Sheffield with friends, barbecuing, relaxing in parks after university, and visiting the Peak District are some of my fondest memories.

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