University of Plymouth composites graduates
Graduates from the above courses, or their contemporaries who found employment in the industry, include:
Robin Chatterjee (1998 BEng honours graduate) was initially employed by Lotus Cars (Hethel, Norfolk), then Spectre Cars, TWR Technical Centre (Leafield - Oxon), MG Rover and Britax (Cwmbran). He then moved from the United Kingdom to Mitsubishi Cars (Nagoya - Japan) and is now with Johnson Controls (Australia) working on automotive interiors for the new GM Holden.
Ian Gatehouse (1992 BEng honours graduate sponsored by Westland Helicopters). Background in composite rotorcraft structures development and the British Experimental Rotor Programme (BERP). After further aerostructures experience with British Aerospace Military Aircraft and developing structural composite reinforcement options for Royal Navy surface ships & offshore structures with Devonport Management Ltd in the UK a sabbatical period to New Zealand has developed into permanent residency. Following aerostructures analysis, design and project management experience at Air New Zealand and Boeing Australia Ian’s current position is Platform Engineering and Materials Research Leader at the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) Defence Technology Agency. He is currently leading the structural composites R&D programme for the NZDF and undertaking a part-time Masters Degree at the University of Auckland studying the characteristics of 3-D woven composite structures [06 December 2005].
Graham Halstead (1992 BEng honours graduate). After a period as Engineering Director at Caparo Vehicle Technologies (also known as Freestream Cars), Graham is now back with McLaren working on the 2011 F1 Car.
Dimitris Katsanis (1998 BEng honours graduate)
Mark Rowe (1991 BEng honours graduate) "Gaining a degree in Composites Engineering at Plymouth has enabled me to work in some of the highest profile companies in the UK, and the World. Because of the demand for composite engineers and the skills gained from the course, I have been able to find work on everything from aerospace engines, major structural sections of airframes, to multi-million pound racing yachts and luxury cruisers. Although I work as a stress engineer, the overall depth of knowledge of composite materials that the course has given me, has been invaluable, especially the appreciation of manufacturing methods. Learning hands-on, how the material is formed is especially critical when trying to determine how a £5 million structure will behave. The in-depth tutoring from Plymouth has allowed me to accomplish my dream, and now I have my own business, Arrowmek Consultants Ltd, engineering composite structures for the world’s biggest aeroplane manufacturers" [28 January 2004]. I have given up the contractor life and am now Deputy Chief Engineer, Airbus CPD Activities, Single Aisle Analysis, for QuEST Global Engineering Limited (was GKN Aerospace Engineering Services until last December) in Weston super Mare [02 April 2012].
Timothy Stanhope (2002 - BEng ordinary degree, 2004 - BEng honours degree) "Since finishing a BEng in Composite Materials Engineering in July 2002 at the University of Plymouth I was offered a job working for Westland Helicopters Ltd. in Yeovil, Somerset. My current position is Materials Engineer working within Rotor Systems Materials Engineering. Job roles within my current position include dealing with production and technical issues, which arise primarily with the manufacture of composite helicopter main rotor blades, also materials testing and development. Background knowledge of composites manufacturing, testing and analysis techniques gained whilst at the university has proved invaluable and often results in new ideas about how to solve problems that arise. For a significant part of my time at this company I have also been working within the Rotor Systems Stress Department. Engineering knowledge gained whilst at the University helped me to understand the specialist techniques and methodology in use. Statistical techniques covered as part of the course have proved to be useful tools for analysis of both coupon and full size component test results and often provide the basis for conclusions drawn from the results" [22 January 2004].