Luis Antonio Ayala Caballero

What course are you studying?

I am studying an MSc in Automotive Engineering in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.

Why did you decide to study a master's at the University of Leeds?

After a research through different universities and comparing their compulsory modules and optional, I found the University of Leeds offered the perfect programme for me, including basics modules for an automotive engineering master's but adding modules that would have a perfect relation between other engineering disciplines.

What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University so far and why?

Receiving help from my teachers and classmates; the people here are helpful and every teacher makes a space in their agenda to clear any doubt - you have you just need to write an email and it is done. On the other hand, the libraries and the clusters are perfect to focus and finish all your coursework in time - those are helpful places.

Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed.

So far my professional project is one of the best things I have to do in my master degree. First, I did not know anything about the topic, and in my first semester I took “Introduction to Tribology”, which helped me to understand. I really like my professional project which is called “Humidity effect on tribological systems”.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

Leeds is a perfect city for students, you have everything you want by just walking distance. If you want to go the city centre it would only take you about 20 minutes from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, and there, you have many things to do. Feel like running? There is Hyde Park, my favourite place to run in the mornings.

What are your ambitions for the future?

Fully applying my knowledge gain through my Master in a development centre for any automotive company, or researching with some universities back in Mexico.

What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?

Adapting to a new system of studying; here at Leeds is much different than Mexico. This is really helpful, since this has allowed me to develop new skills that will help me to adapt to any circumstance that is presented in my professional career.

What would you say to students coming to do the same course?

You will definitely enjoy this master's course, it may look complicated I am not going to lie, but if you focus and ask everything you don’t understand to your teachers believe me, you are going to make it. Also, enjoy all the facilities we have - there are plenty of them and they are there to help you get your degree.