Double success for electrical engineer

"I think that the University has got a really strong focus on how you think, how you analyse and how you tackle a problem. Without coming to here I wouldn’t have those skills and they will really help in this job."

Marcin Zuczkowski, BEng (Hons) Electrical Engineering

A Staffordshire University student is celebrating after winning an engineering prize and securing a graduate job in the same day.

Marcin Zuczkowski, studying BEng (Hons) Electrical Engineering, impressed judges at a poster competition hosted by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Midlands Power Group just hours after completing a job interview with company Leoni.

He said: “I rushed straight to the event after my interview and was the last person to present to the judges so I was really surprised to win! It's awesome. It was an absolutely great experience to win there.”

The IET event brings together undergraduate and postgraduate engineering students from Midlands Universities Aston University, University of Birmingham, Coventry University, Staffordshire University, and the University of Warwick to meet their peers and present their work to industry experts in the electrical engineering sector.

Marcin won the Amey company prize for his project about Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) and received an IET Certificate of Excellence, Amey Tablet PC and Amey Mug.

“My project was about extracting the most energy from solar panels. It is a subject that has been covered a lot but I tried to put my spin on it and show my deeper knowledge about the topic.” Marcin explained.

Marcin, 34 from Newcastle, worked as an electrician for several years before coming to Staffordshire University. After his successful job interview with Leoni Marcin will take up a role as an Electrical Circuit Designer with the Jaguar Landrover division in Coventry this September.

He added: “There wasn't much room for development in my job before so that's why I came to Staffs. I think that the University has got a really strong focus on how you think, how you analyse and how you tackle a problem. Without coming to here I wouldn’t have those skills and they will really help in this job.”

Fellow students Matthew Corran, Sean Gumbo, and Hussain al-Ezee were also congratulated for their work and for representing Staffordshire University at this prestigious event.

Dr Chris Gould, Staffordshire University Lecturer and IET committee member, said: “This event is a fantastic opportunity for students to engage with industry experts and make contacts that could help their careers. All of our students did incredibly well.

“Marcin clearly displayed the Staffordshire Graduate attributes, and impressed everyone with his dedication and work ethic on the night, managing to combine a tight schedule to present his project work at the IET event in the evening at Aston University in Birmingham. A fantastic achievement, well done Marcin.”

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