Simon Harvey is undertaking a doctorate in advanced engine technology in association with Ricardo at University of Brighton after qualifying with a Mechanical Engineering MEng. For Simon, being involved in Formula Student was one of the highlights of his MEng. We asked him about the experience.
What made you choose University of Brighton and your course?
I was going through clearing and had several foundation year offers. I chose Brighton as it had one of the longest running foundation years and I had heard good things about the city.
What were the highlights of your course?
For me the highlight has been my involvement in Formula Student. As part of my third-year project, I helped to build the university’s first prototype car by designing the drivetrain of the car, which is basically everything linking the engine to the wheels.
Then, in my masters year, I helped out on several areas of the car including the engine and the engine control unit (ECU). I also helped to take the car to Silverstone as the team leader.
Would you recommend your course?
Yes, I definitely recommend it as a practical way to get involved in engineering. We are very lucky at University of Brighton to have some excellent facilities in heavy engineering and in the advanced engineering building. The IMechE course being accredited is also important as this enables you to more easily become a chartered engineer in the future.
What has been the best part of Formula Student for you?
I really enjoyed designing and building the car all the way along. Even with the inevitable problems and challenges along the way, to have built a car from scratch with a such a small group of students is quite an achievement.
Obviously being able to drive a car at Silverstone, that I helped design and build, was incredibly special and something I won’t forget. But that moment is over before you even know it. Whereas the two-year journey with Formula Student is something you can’t forget. Read More