Ross Brisco, Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management student

Ross Brisco

MEng Product Design Engineering


Why did you choose to study at the Department of Design, Manufacturing & Engineering Management?

I chose to study at here because of the friendliness of the department. From speaking with current students I learned that it is a community and we all help each other out when we face problems.

Why did you choose to study your course?

At first I didn’t know which course to choose at university as there was such a large and varied choice. I knew I wanted to study engineering but didn’t know which area specifically. I have always been interested in making stuff and understanding how stuff works and during a University of Strathclyde Open Day I discovered the Product Design Engineering course. It seemed like a perfect match for my skills and my interests and it would allow me to go on to get a job in a variety of areas.

What have been the highlights of your course to date?

I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to work with a large engineering company as part of the industrial projects class. It has given me insight into how product design works in the 'real world' and the role that type of role that I want to move into following university.

What are your ambitions following the completion of your course?

Following my graduation this year, I have accepted a position as a PhD researcher within the department, working on distributed design teamwork. Following my PhD, I want to move into this field in a project manager role for a global company.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to study at the department of Design, Manufacturing & Engineering Management and the University of Strathclyde?

The best way to find out if the department is for you is to talk to people. Come along to the Open Days and speak to current students, find out what they are studying and the projects they are involved with and see if it is interesting to you.

How would you describe your student experience studying in the Department of Design, Manufacturing & Engineering Management?

I have enjoyed all aspects of studying in the department, the social and academic side. I have made lifelong friends, gained skills in engineering that allow me to work in a variety of areas which has taught me that if I apply myself I am capable of achieving my goals.

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