Graham Haley

Department of Aerospace Engineering

MEng Aerospace Engineering

Graham Haley

What subjects did you study before coming to university?

Maths, Physics and Chemistry at A2 and Further Maths at AS-Level.

How did you decide which degree course to take?

I have always been interested in how things work. This started with Lego and pulling apart pens, developed into liking cars and then loving aircraft. I have always found it fascinating that over 200 tons of metal, plastic and fuel can safely fly and even glide. I chose the course thinking that I would like to study the aeromechanics side of the course and design wings in the future but still have the broad range of skills required to build complete systems. I also chose the course on the basis that I knew I could do just about anything at the end of it. It will allow me to go into air traffic control, engineering, a pilot programme or a multitude of other possibilities.

Which part of your course have you enjoyed most so far?

The parts of the course that I've enjoyed the most were electronics, systems and programming. I have been putting these parts of the course into use in personal projects such as an Arduino switch panel for my flight simulator, and for projects at Engineers Without Borders including the pedal powered Scalextric. Because I enjoyed this part of the course the most I have elected to study the avionic systems stream next year.

What has been the highlight so far of your time at university?

The highlight of my time at university has been helping with sound at the Nottingham House pub in Broomhill where Forge Radio puts on band nights. It's great to spend time with friends from the station, meet bands and know that you helped make it sound good.

What are your plans for the future?

My aerospace engineering degree gives me a wide variety of opportunities but, currently I am thinking of going into air traffic control though I would still like to fly on the side. My alternative plan is to work in the aerospace industry and obtain a commercial pilot licence. If I were to go into industry then I would look to follow my interest in avionics and the aircraft systems now that I have decided to specialise in these areas for the rest of my degree.

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