Vinko Jezercic, from Zagreb in Croatia, is in the third year of the MEng Mechanical Engineering degree at USW.
Why did you choose to study Mechanical Engineering?
I would like to work in a motorsport team, ideally as a design engineer, so a qualification in Mechanical Engineering will allow me to have a deep understanding of how to design a car to give the best performance. I chose to come to USW because I really liked the location and the fact that the facilities had been renewed recently. A good pedigree in Mechanical Engineering also helped.
What have been the most valuable aspects of the course so far?
The most valuable aspect has been taking part in the Formula Student project at USW where students design a single seat racing car and compete at Silverstone against other universities from around the world. Another valuable aspect will be my final year project, which is based on racing car aerodynamics design, which I am able to do thanks to a high level of staff expertise in this subject area.
What have you enjoyed the most about the course?
I have met new friends who all share a similar interest, and I have enjoyed developing myself as an engineer and gaining a deeper understanding of topics that have always interested me.
Tell us about your favourite project or practical session
Apart from Formula Student, my favourite project has been the second year group project where we developed a design concept for a small interplanetary rover – like NASA’s Curiosity but smaller and obviously simpler. I have a feeling though, that this is about to change because the projects and practicals in third year sound really exciting!
Would you recommend the course?
Yes, I would recommend my course to anyone who is interested in how technology works and anyone who is interested in developing the tech of the future. Anyone who is creative and curious but also has an affinity for mathematics and science should consider a career in Mechanical Engineering.
Start date: September 2016
Why did you choose to study at USW?
My wish was always to study abroad especially in the UK. The education system is much better then in my country. And I gained so much knowledge about my course in particular but also about life.
What has been the highlight of your time at USW so far?
Highlights have been this entire time at university, meeting people from all around the world and some of them becoming some of my best friends.
What do you think of life in Wales generally?
Life in Wales is very good; It is very family and friendly oriented. There are a lot of places to visit around here, beautiful scenery, mountains and beautiful coast and beaches.
What do you think of the course/lecturers/facilities?
USW is well equipped with the latest technology all around the campus. My course is very good and gave me the knowledge and transferable skills I will need later in life. Lecturers are the best, they are helpful and approachable. For example, if you have not understood something in the lecture you can speak with them after the class or arrange a meeting with them.
Where do you live? Do you like living there?
I live just 10 minutes away from the Pontypridd campus in Treforest. Treforest is a really lovely student place surrounded by nature and lovely animals. I live in shared accommodation with 3 other people. I enjoy living here and spending my days around here or just go for a nice walk in Treforest.
What do you plan to do when you graduate?
My plan after graduation is to find a job either in my field which is psychology or working in higher education to gain the experience needed and then come back to do my MSc and PhD.
Would you recommend USW to other students?
I would highly recommend USW to other students because I have learned a lot about myself, life and people in general and gained transferable skills I can use later in life.
Any other comments you would like to add?
I would like to thank USW for giving me the opportunity to join this university where I have gained knowledge and learned so much.