3SDL’s Defence Space Analyst, Chris Dunn, recently participated in Sheffield University’s 'Engineering You're Hired!' project where he was one of a pool of industry mentors supporting 1500 students taking part in the initiative. Working in interdisciplinary teams, with peers from across the Faculty of Engineering, students engaged in the week-long industry-led event as part of the second year of their degree programme. The project is designed to give students experience of working with a commercial ‘mindset’, guided by experienced mentors throughout.
Chris mentored the Space Debris group, directly supporting 72 students divided into 12 teams. As part of the Space Debris projects, students needed to develop a fully costed, practical, and reliable solution that helped to address the volume of space debris, being mindful of the anticipated global implications if left unchecked. Students were required to review all aspects of their challenge: the scale and scope of the problem, how their approach would be implemented, and how their solution would interact with current Space Infrastructure.
As well as technical skills and experiential knowledge, Sheffield University’s 'Engineering You're Hired!' project is designed to develop a range of soft skills highly sought after by employers such as 3SDL, including effective working and time management, teamwork and co-operation, and working to meet client requirements and specifications under commercial pressures.
3SDL are exceptionally proud to have had the opportunity to contribute in the ‘Engineering You’re Hired!’ project, through our Defence Space Analyst, Chris Dunn, and of the participants from Sheffield University who, through their shared passion, enthusiasm and desire for collaboration, have exemplified our core values.
Our business is founded on the very skills and attributes demonstrated by the young men and women of who participated, and the same we continue to seek in our new employees. They have become a part of our story, and are letting us help them write theirs.
One of the teams that Chris mentored went on to win the ‘Best pitch’ award for the 'Engineering You're Hired!' 2020 event and will be considered for wider National competition.
More about the 'Engineering You're Hired!' event can be found here.