Jun Wai Kow

Summer Internship title: Soft Robotics: Control & Sensing

Why did you decide to study MSc in Mechatronics and Robotics at the University ofMSc Mechatronics & Robotics Engineering Leeds?

I did my undergraduate under the same course at Leeds University, having said that, the leading research, amazing facility, and outstanding academic staff is what persuaded me to further my studies here. When I came across mechatronics and robotics prior to my first degree in Leeds, I was intrigued by the course outline and became more engrossed with knowing what the field can provide me. True to the definition of Mechatronics, the engineering at Leeds has shown to be able to deliver the multidisciplinary field. As one of the leading research universities in the UK, the course also integrates other fields of engineering into their modules. By doing so, students can forge new pathways in the ever growing industry and research.

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

The best aspect of the course would be the knowledge, opportunities and experiences gained from being part of the mechanical and electrical and electronics department. As the course is a joint program between two departments, the best of both departments were experience to the fullest. Both schools were able to offer outstanding staff and hi-tech facilities such as laboratories and teaching spaces in order to develop us.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

Leeds is ever growing and is a great city for students. It certainly has something to offer for all. Whether it is a night out in town, a walk about the parks, or even getting a meal with some friends, Leeds has such to offer. In my opinion, Leeds is gradually developing and I hope it continues to grow as a great city for everyone to study, work, and live in.

What are your ambitions for the future?

In the future, I hope to work in the field of research and development (R & D) and/or become a forefront engineering consultant. Currently, I aspire to do a PhD to further develop myself and reach a goal that I had set for myself prior to taking my first degree.

Tell us about your Summer Internship

The internship position was funded by EPSRC and lead by Dr Ali Alazmani to develop soft robotics at Leeds. While finalising my MSc professional project I had the opportunity to be awarded the position. My internship research was regarding soft robotics.Soft robotics addresses the limitation in conventional robotic platforms. It was aimed at developing soft controllable components/ mechanisms used as building blocks for soft applications. The project involves a number of stages which involves designing, fabrication, control and sensing. The project aimed to replace conventional mechanical systems and solid sensing elements to complement real world contingent assignments in a wide range of applications.

Soft robotics has certainly piqued my interest as a Mechatronics and Robotics engineer. It has also allowed me to sharpen my skills such as multi-tasking, manufacturing and diving into new research areas and many more in order to develop the field in Leeds.In the near future, I aspire to work in research and development, learning, diving and conquering new areas to solve problems is part and parcel of being an engineer.

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

Take your time to really think and develop yourself. You have to love the work to excel in it. It was and still is a great experience studying here.