Student Intern Phoebe Kimble-Wilde recently interviewed women students in the faculty to find out a bit about the women engineers at the University, why they chose engineering, what interests them and what they want to do in the future. Here she interviews Aerospace Engineering student Chloe Hurley.
"Don't let the fact that not many girls study engineering put you off it – it doesn't put you at a disadvantage, and may even give you an advantage when applying for jobs after university." - Chloe HurleyWhat are you currently studying at university?
What made you choose this subject? Did anything/anyone inspire you?
I enjoyed maths and physics at college, but wanted to study something with more practical applications.
What was your favourite subject at school?
What A Levels did you take (or alternative qualification) before university?
Maths, Physics, Geography and Critical Thinking.
Why did you choose Sheffield University?
Sheffield is really good for my course, and out of all the universities that I visited on open days, Sheffield seemed the best as it had modern student accommodation and a great Students' Union.
What do you like most about Sheffield University?
I like that there is so much to get involved with – there are many societies to join, and as I am finding out at the moment, the Union are very helpful if you want to set up a new society.
What do you like most about your course?
So far my favorite part of the course has been the UAV project, which has involved designing and building a small aircraft with six fellow students.
What is the most challenging part to the course?
Aerospace is a very broad discipline and I have found that studying some subjects that I am unfamiliar with difficult, for example, we have studied modules on computer programming which I had no prior experience with which was challenging.
What do you enjoy doing? Hobbies and Interests?
I enjoy snowboarding and rock climbing.
What do you feel about being a woman in engineering?
I find it reassuring that job prospects in engineering firms after university are generally better for women in engineering.
What advice would you give to young girls thinking of studying engineering?
Don’t let the fact that not many girls study engineering put you off it – it doesn’t put you at a disadvantage, and may even give you an advantage when applying for jobs after university.
What are your future plans/goals?
After finishing university, I hope to work for an aerospace company.