Penny Jeffcoate

Manchester was my first choice because they were top of the league tables and the city seemed great fun.

Post Doctoral Research Assistant at Queen’s University Belfast

Studying at Manchester

My first course at The University of Manchester was the MEng Aerospace Engineering (2005-2009). I’d become interested in the course because of my sailing experience and the similarity between the way wings and sails work and Manchester was my first choice because they were top of the league tables and the city seemed great fun. The course covered a broad range of subjects, including many exciting labs (my favourite was definitely the flight simulator).

Following on the work from my 3rd year project I was offered a PhD at the completion of my degree in Tidal Barrages (2009-2013). My PhD was great and gave me a good experience in both computational modelling and experimental work. It also gave me the opportunity to travel to international conferences and be involved in teaching Undergraduate labs, which was of particular interest because I would love to become a lecturer in Renewable Energy Engineering.

My new job

Penny Jeffcoate

I am now on the path to becoming a lecturer; following the completion of my PhD I moved to Northern Ireland to start a PostDoc at Queen’s University Belfast.

My research focuses on the interaction between tidal turbines, in particular the effect on their power performance which is essential for designing tidal turbine arrays or farms. The work is mostly experimental, which is where the experience I gained from my PhD comes in handy, and I spend all my summer on the water testing, which is any sailors dream!

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