Yevgeni Brif

Yevgeni Brif

  • First job after graduation: Materials Development Engineer at Heraeus Electro-Nite - a world market leader in sensor and measurement systems for the steel, aluminum, and foundry industries.
  • Main responsibilities: Materials and failure analysis, running the materials laboratory, materials development.

What did you enjoy most about your first job?

The thing I enjoy the most is that it is a challenging role, both from the engineering and scientific aspects. Also, I like the involvement in multiple different projects at the same time, keeps my schedule dynamic.

Why does this work appeal to you?

The ability to influence the company and its products.

What are you doing now?

I initially came to Sheffield to enhance my knowledge and skills as a materials engineer by pursuing the Master of Metallurgy degree. This decision proved to be a very good one as during my studies, I was able to not only extend my theoretical knowledge, but also actively participate in cutting edge research. I was also introduced to the field of additive manufacturing, which I found to be extremely interesting and exciting.

While working as a Materials Development Engineer at Heraeus Electro-Nite UK, I assumed responsibility for materials development as well as establishing an in-house materials characterisation capability. This was a dynamic and challenging role which helped me to gain vital knowledge and skills and develop myself as a scientist and engineer.

While working, I was still keen to follow the trends and developments in the field of additive manufacturing, and my interest in this area kept growing.

After spending two and a half successful and enjoyable years with Heraeus Electro-Nite UK, I decided that I want to pursue my interest in metal additive manufacturing full-time and have re-joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering as a researcher. The available facilities and expertise within the Department, its leading position in the UK and Europe, combined with my own past experience with the Department have made it a simple decision to take.

I have recently relocated to Canada to continue my work in the area of AM, and currently work as an additive manufacturing process engineer at Burloak Technologies, a rapidly growing AM service provider

I am now able to conduct cutting edge research in an area I am deeply passionate about on a daily basis.

What did you enjoy most about your undergraduate studies at Sheffield?

Being part of cutting edge research while working on my project, a sense of achievement and scientific satisfaction.

Any challenges which you had to overcome? 

Adjusting to a very different academic system, with different requirements. But mainly, being on my own for a year, without the family and friends.

What are your plans for the future? 

Continue to build my career as a materials engineer and develop my skills and knowledge as a scientist and engineer.

What advice do you have to current students at the University of Sheffield? 

The most important advice I can give is to apply yourselves when working on the final project. Start as early as possible, and invest as much time as you can. This is the most important part of your degree, and it is here you'll gain the most important skills and knowledge, which you'll use later while working.