Ivan Mutenyo

Course: MSc Advanced Aerospace Engineering

Year of study: Final year

Nationality: Ugandan

Why did you choose Advanced Aerospace Engineering MSc at the University of Liverpool?

I have always wanted to gain knowledge and experience in developing systems with semi or fully autonomous capabilities. This programme provided the best pathway to achieving this because of the modules taught and the past research projects involved with the programme. This programme was also the best preparation for getting into the job market with focus on sharpening our engineering skills and practices, while enabling us look at how these skills can be applied in different sectors through preparing us for management responsibilities and entrepreneurial visions.

What have you enjoyed most about the programme so far?
It is nicely satisfying that I have developed a deeper understanding of concepts that I originally struggled with during my undergraduate degree. The Advanced Aerospace Engineering MSc has complemented my engineering background with a detailed understanding of the nature of the design and manufacturing process in the aerospace industry and has roused awareness of the costing and business aspects in engineering projects. I have also enjoyed the group projects where we had to design and build a fixed wing UAV for surveillance. This was challenging and exciting to develop a design into a tangible creation while building lasting friendships. Overall, I am more confident of taking on a role in industry and develop my career as an engineer.

Are you involved in any clubs or societies? How do they add to your overall university experience and what skills can you gain?

I have been a member of the light house church in Liverpool which is made up of mostly students from the different universities in Liverpool. This participation has enabled me to get to know people from different backgrounds and created lasting relationships. I am also a member of a football group made up of students from all corners of the university. Aside from having fun playing football occasionally, this has enabled me to develop strong friendships, while developing my social and interpersonal skills. 

What do you like most about the City of Liverpool and why?  What fun things have you experienced since being in Liverpool?

Liverpool is a global city with an international status for music, sports, and beautiful architecture. The city has a diverse culture with a range of significant features that I have explored. I have visited all the museums in Liverpool particularly enjoying the space and time gallery at the world museum. I have also enjoyed track racing at the state of the art karting track in Warrington. The city is very multicultural with a large international population which makes socializing exciting.

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation, I intend to pursue a career as an aerospace engineer specialising in control systems in an international aerospace company or in the automotive industry either in the UK or in Europe.