David A. Lara Ramos
MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering
David Alberto Lara Ramos studied his MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering at Sheffield, graduating in 2015.
Originally from Mexico, he is now studying towards his PhD in Germany.
He tells us more about his time in Sheffield and his experience of studying in the UK as an international student.
What attracted you to engineering and in particular, mechanical engineering?
Since I was a child, I have always been curious and interested in the way things work. So when the time came for university, I decided to enrol onto a BSc in Mechatronics Engineering – one of the most modern courses offered in Mexico back in 2008.
However, after finishing my studies, I worked for two years as a mechanical design engineer for an aerospace company. I enjoyed this experience so much that I decided to study towards a MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering.
What first attracted you to Sheffield?
I wanted to continue my education with a MSc in the UK, given the well-respected universities there and the charming idea of living for one year in one of the most influential cultures of the world.
Whilst researching where to study, the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield came up for its outstanding reputation and a leading position within the UK.
With Sheffield also being located in the heart of England, it was a great city for getting to know British culture and everyday life a little better compared to larger cities like London.
What were some of your favourite things to do in Sheffield?
The University offered a wide range of activities that allowed me to get to know and interact with other students from other departments and from many different countries.
There are so many events every week for all kind of interests, and on top of these, you can simply sneak to Peak District to enjoy an amazing hike… medicine for the soul.
Did you get involved in any clubs or societies during your studies?
I was involved with the Photo Society and the Latin American Society. Both clubs allowed me to participate in different events and get to know many people that I now have the privilege of calling good friends.
There are so many societies at the University, too many to name! From croquet to birdwatching, it is impossible not to find something that fits your interest.
What are your best memories of Sheffield?
My experience in Sheffield was very rewarding in many different ways. There was the experience of studying abroad in a multi-national environment, with excellent, high level lectures and professionalism. The fact that my MSc courses ran for only a year made it an extraordinary experience too, as you make the most of and enjoy every day.
After graduating from Sheffield where did you go?
In June 2016, I started a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Dresden in Germany, within the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research (Leibniz-Institut für Festkörper und Werkstoffforschung).
My PhD thesis involves two main branches: firstly, developing numerical analysis, assisted by finite element modelling software, to simulate the challenging and highly multi physics behaviour of thermoelectric coolers. Secondly, using state of the art microscale thermal measurement equipment, characterising the temperature profile of such devices.
All this is to understand how device performance is affected by the structure architecture definition, and to obtain both a design tool and manufacturing best practice for next generation thermoelectric devices with optimised efficiency.
What is your ultimate goal for the future?
To make proper use of my years of education and work diligently with others to help make the world a better place. And to encourage others to do so too.
What piece of advice would you give to your younger self or a recent graduate starting off in their career?
Don’t be so harsh with yourself when you make mistakes! Better to start worrying when you are not making mistakes anymore, because maybe that means that you are not moving forward.
Profile last updated August 2018