Congratulations Dexter!

By 15th October 2018Article

From the left,  Apeksha Patel (Lead Product Evaluation Engineer) and Hera Khan (Medical Device Engineer) of the SLE engineering department alongside Dexter Fenton, at the University of Sheffield Year in Industry Presentations 2017-2018

We would like to say Congratulations to Dexter Fenton, our 2017-18 Industrial placement student, who came 1st place at the University of Sheffield Industrial Placement Poster Presentations 2017-2018.

For the Year in Industry Poster Presentations, Dexter created a fantastic display outlining his role and the knowledge he gained during his industrial placement. During his time here, he worked in the Validation and Verification team within our Engineering department.

On a crisp October morning Hera and Apeksha, who worked with Dexter during his placement, set off on the long drive to Sheffield University. They set out early and were so keen they were the first ones to arrive at the event!

The day began with a reception lunch and round table discussion where our representatives spoke with other line manager and academics. Common topics of discussion included essentials skills gained whilst on industry placements and constraints facing the British engineering industry.

“It was interesting to hear that engineering/ research and development departments in other industries face similar challenges to us. There were some good discussions about being able to adapt to changing requirements and customer needs.” – Hera

It was mentioned that the medical devices industry is a highly regulated environment, and that understanding of how to operate in this department is invaluable for students. There also was interest from the academics about how regulatory requirements are captured in internal design and processes in industry. After lunch was consumed Hera and Apeksha joined the rest of the industry representatives in the main hall for the poster presentations.

Competition was tough, with over 50 Aerospace engineering, Mechanical engineering and Bioengineering students submitting their take on the brief; having completed industrial placements within companies from L’Oreal to British Steel. There was a lot of buzz around Dexter and his brilliant presentation, as academics and fellow students asked about SLE and the work he did. His hard work was not in vain as he was awarded first prize!

We were very proud that he was there representing SLE and wish him all the best with his studies!