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I am a mechanical engineer working for a world renowned engineering firm in London. I graduated in 2017 with a masters in mechanical engineering from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. I am originally from Glasgow and moved to London recently
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Erald Kollovozi MEng AMIMeche
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After graduating from Robert Gordon University with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, I decided to take a gap period which resulted in me signing up to conduct voluntary charity work with a company called Naturally Africa in Malawi. This experience removed me firmly from my comfort zone, and introduced me to new, and very unique challenges associated with this area of work.
Now that I have returned to the United Kingdom, I am seeking an entry level position within an engineering firm that will allow me to actively progress my career and develop new and existing skills over the coming years. I wish to apply the practical experience and knowledge that I have learned at university to real life engineering scenarios, working within a team of accomplished engineers in order that a solution can be found quickly and efficiently.
One of my proudest moments during my university career was in completing my thesis for my Master’s year project which was to design, build and test a fully functional vertical axis wind turbine. The specific design was made use of an aerofoil shaped deflector which allowed for increased speed and efficiencies, the use of such a deflector had never been modelling or manufactured. With the novel approach I used and promising results obtained I was fortunate enough to be invited to the 2nd International Conference on Advances on Clean Energy Research 2017 (ICACER 2017) hosted in Berlin, in which my team and I were awarded best presentation and journal article in session. The Article was later published Energy Procedia 2017 which is an international collation of advances in novel technologies within the energy sector.
MEng Mechanical Engineering Sept 2016 - July 2017
Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
Key Modules: Advanced Thermofluids, Engineering Analysis, Materials and Corrosion Science, Socially Responsible Management, Quality Management and Asset Management.
BEng Mechanical Engineering Sept 2012 - July 2016
Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
Key Modules: Environmental Engineering, Renewable Energy Systems, Engineering Analysis, Plant Performance, Industrial Plant, Failure Analysis, Safety, Risk and Reliability Management, Control and Instrumentation, Mathematics, Mechanics of Solids, Mechanical Engineering Design, Electrical Engineering and Project Management.
Lenzie Academy, Kirkintiloch Aug 2006 – May 2012
Advanced Higher Qualification: Mathematics
Higher Qualifications: Physics (A), Mathematics (A), Biology (B), Photography (B) and Chemistry (C)
Having completed both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering which have both been accredited by IMechE. Some of my significant achievements during my time at university include;
Master’s Thesis: My Master’s thesis was titled “Design and Prototype Testing of a Small Rooftop Vertical Axis Wind Turbine”. The project involved extensive use of a CFD software (ANSYS FLUENT) in which the turbine was simulated through both 2D and 3D analysis, this made use of the software so that complex turbulent flows patterns could be analysed and used to provide desired efficiency improvements. The project made use of an aerofoil shaped upstream deflector in a variety of different orientations and configurations that allowed efficiency improvements on the turbine to be established. I then designed the turbine on Solidworks 2016 in which the turbine was then manufactured in the university. Experimental testing was then conducted using the universities wind tunnel which allowed validations for the CFD simulations to be established.
The use of this aerofoil shaped upstream deflector had never been investigated within the industry or academia. I therefore had the privilege to travel to Berlin to present our study to the International Conference on Advances in Clean Energy Research. The study in question used computational fluid dynamics (CFD), finite element analysis (FEA), and experimental methods to analyse the flow characteristics, structural integrity, and practical performance of a vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) design. This was done in an effort to help answer demand for alternative renewable energy devices. Together with my team, I helped prepare a presentation and script which would be put before an audience of around 100 other engineering academics. The result of our efforts throughout the project and the presentation week saw us fend off competition from around 30 other entrants to win the “Best Presentation” accolade. This achievement not only highlights my excellent potential as an engineer, but further confirms both my status as an outstanding team player and superb time manager, as this task was successfully completed amidst a very heavy workload at the time.
Bachelor’s Thesis: My Individual Honours Project was titled ‘ Analytical and Computational Analysis of the Avro 730 Nose Cone under Supersonic Flow Conditions ‘ . This project involved extensive use of software’s such as CFD (Fluent), Solidworks, Matlab. The Aircraft that was under investigation possessed a very peculiar design as it possessed an aerofoil through the frontal nose of the aircraft. I initially designed the aircraft on solidworks and used that to later transfer it to Ansys Fluent. This aircraft never actually made it to the production stage. I had to make sure my meshing skills on CFD were up to date and perform various hand calculations to verify that my results were coherent with my computational results. My individual dissertation received very good comments as well as a very high score. This highlights that as well as working excellently in a team I can certainly perform to high standards individually
Upon graduating I had decided to take some time off in which I travelled to Malawi in central Africa in order to help those less fortunate than myself, it was an incredible experience that I thoroughly enjoyed and I feel as if it has created a lasting impression on me that I try to take everywhere I go.
From the start, I had a large number of tasks to complete, such as arranging the essential vaccinations and collecting the necessary medicines required to avoid contracting a major illness. I also had to organise & self-promote fundraising events in order to generate enough money for basic survival over a three-month period, as well as prepare the correct visa in order to be able to fulfil my obligations. These early tasks required meticulous planning, a strong degree of patience, and effective use of my organisational abilities.
During my time in the country, I was also allocated a number of significant responsibilities relating to my role. In the mornings, I provided educational services to pre-school children, teaching them the basics in numbers; letters; shapes etc. I also took it upon myself to help prepare and serve breakfast to these children. I then spent my afternoons giving lessons to primary school children, furthering their mathematical abilities in the areas of algebra & times tables, and helping to improve their English. In addition to this, I organised sports events as a follow up to lessons, the nature of which varied depending on the number of children present.
The successful completion of these tasks had shown that not only could I take centre stage and lead a session in an effective manner, but that I am also an effective project manager, as the successful delivery of lessons required effective lesson planning and appropriate distribution of studies according to a specified timetable. In addition to this, I performed these tasks as part of a group of people which I had never met before the programme, demonstrating my ability to work efficiently as part of a team, and with a significant language barriers present, which brought out the best of my adaptability and resilience.
Engineer – (November 2018 – current
Company Name – DNV
Location – London
Graduate Project Engineer – (November 2018 – November 2019)
Company Name – Aquaterra Energy
Location – Norwich
As part of the engineering graduate scheme I am currently undertaking six different rotational placements which will allow me to experience some of the different aspects of engineering and increase my already existing knowledge of other areas. I have currently finished my Design placement which involved using softwares such as AutoCAD, SolidWorks and carrying out calculations on Mathcad when I was given the task of designing a centraliser. The next placement which I will be going into will be Quality management for engineers which will allow me to experience all the different regulations and codes that all projects have to adhere to as well as the safety required when managing large engineering projects. At the end of the rotational placements I will be given the option to go into one of the departments which I found the most interesting such as structural, design, project engineering etc. I am also taking part in the professional development programme with the IMeche as part of my route to becoming a chartered engineer.
Waiter and Barman – (June 2012 – January 2017)
Company Name – Qua Italian Restaurant
Location – Glasgow
This role filled in the gaps between semesters during my time at University. My main tasks within Qua were to take food & drink orders from a variety of guests, serve dishes to guests in large volumes, and collect crockery from tables upon identifying that guests had completed a course. Occasionally, I was placed in charge of opening up the restaurant for morning shifts, and I also stayed back on a number of occasions to help clean the restaurant at the end of the night in preparation for the following day. As Qua is one of the most reputable restaurants in Glasgow, it was important I conducted myself to the highest standard when performing all duties related to the job, whether it be clearing tables or dealing with guest complaints. It was also important that my personal hygiene and appearance were of a similar level in such an environment, and that I remained calm and resilient in the face of customer dissatisfaction. My last shift at Qua occurred just before my return to University to complete my final semester of study.
Stout. C., et al (2017). Design and Prototype Testing of a Small Rooftop Vertical Axis Wind Turbine. Energy Procedia. 2nd International Conference on Advances on Clean Energy Research 2017. (Volume 118), pp. 141-148.
• Extensive IT knowledge: All Microsoft Office packages, ANSYS (FLUENT, CFX, Modal and Static Structural), Tecplot (an advanced post-processing software), Mathcad, Solidworks (including Simulation and motion add ins), Autodesk Inventor and MATLAB.
• Associate Member of IMechE (Institute of Mechanical Engineers)
• Full, clean Driving Licence
• I have been able to meet and exceed deadlines and targets within my academic and professional achievements.
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