Following the end of our Cambridge University experience we had lectures on Wednesday and Thursday this week. That leaves us Friday and the weekend to write up the two lab reports from Cambridge, one for metrology and the other lasers.
I started Wednesday by returning the hire car that I have had for the last 12 days. I was a little concerned as I hadn’t taken the waiver out and so had to pay the first £1000 for any damage. No problem encountered this time, I dropped it off around 9am and my friend Jimmy picked me up at 9.15am and took me over to Bromham in Bedfordshire to pick up my new used car. No problems encountered there either as my flexible friend did its duty. I had already changed my insurance from a car worth £650 3rd party to a car worth £6500 full comprehensive which cost £25 extra. No more 3rd party for me. I couldn’t get any tax for the new car without the log book so Shane helped me at the garage. Not bad, £30 for the year, I just got back £150 from what was left of my old car. That’s about the only thing I have won on.
I had missed most of the morning lectures but they weren’t very appropriate anyway so I headed off to the library at Cranfield and Jimmy headed home. Thanks Jimmy!
At last our Blackboard has been loaded with some lectures. These are for next week’s, Precision Engineering lectures. There are 14 of them, all with 30-40 pages each. I like to print mine off so that I can write appropriate notes on them as we go. I am also taking notes directly onto my laptop this year because I had tremendous difficulty reading them last time. I didn’t have enough print credit so printed what I could and emailed Renaud, my course director to let him know that I was the only one without print credits. He emailed administration, they emailed IT and I went into IT where they updated my card. This time, as it’s a research degree we have a print account that is paid by the University. Another change from my MSc is that my library book allowance has gone up from 6 books at a time to 30 books. I was like a kid at Christmas and had a trip around the library and filled my car up with books.
Our first lecture in the afternoon was library instruction. How very appropriate. This year Sarah Watson is our librarian. It’s always worthwhile getting to know your librarian as they can be a tremendous help and save you hours. We started with an overview from Georgina Parsons.
Georgina is the Research Data Manager and looks after all our research data. All research data that is produced must be accessible for the following 10 years.
The rest of the lecture was by Sarah Watson but I was unable to find a picture of her but she is an information specialist. She told us some really great things about the facilities we have and search tips etc. I could have done with this lecture before I started my last research thesis. I also found out that there is a second library at Cranfield that is accessible to us all. It’s the Management library, so a little boring to me but still worth a mosey round if I ever get time.
On Thursday we started with an overview of Precision Engineering by Dr Saurav Goel
Dr Saurav Goel is a Lecturer (fast track) and an early career investigator in the School of Transport, Aerospace and Manufacturing at Cranfield University. He started his academic journey in 2013 as a Lecturer at Queen’s University of Belfast upon graduating from Heriot-Watt University (HWU), UK in the same year.
It was very interesting, I seemed to be learning new things all the time. It was a great overview of what we will be doing in greater depths. For example, write pitch is getting smaller all the time; –
CD write pitch 1.6um – DVD 0.74 um – Blu-Ray 405nm
Precision engineering also follows Moors law. Ultra-precision machining is doing for light what integrated circuits did for electronics.
We then had a presentation from euspen that was also very interesting and they are located in the same building as us, Building 90.
It seems that for students there is no down side to joining as its free. We were handed out packs and membership joining forms. Well, everyone but me as they ran out. I had to have a quick trip to Building 90 to pick up mine later. I think we will all join because at the very least we will get some nice, relevant magazines delivered each month. And there is a fully funded conference next year in Venice. In 2020, if I’m still there the conference is at CERN so something to look forward to.
In the afternoon we had question time with our Administration staff, Maeve and Emma but I couldn’t find a picture of Maeve.
We could all ask silly questions and in return we got silly answers. No, it was very useful as we are all a little under-informed about the course finer details, such as pass rates, grading and holidays etc.
Finally, as well as replying to new job inquiries to ask them to take me off their database, I have been updating a few people that I don’t see, regarding my next 4 years. This is a reply email from Paul at Minstrell Recruitment, a very professional agent if you are looking for work in automation; –
Of course I remember you…..how could I forget.
We refer to you as the one Ocado let get way. Their loss.
I’m really pleased that you have fallen on your feet and enjoying life.
The fact that you have taken the time to mail me say’s everything about you Phil.
A great bloke with a great attitude.
I wish you all the success in the world with the PhD and I will be more than happy to help you in the future although it sounds like you won’t need much help.
All the best Phil
Senior Engineering Automation Recruitment Consultant
Well that’s about finished this week off, I now have 3 days to try and get two lab reports written up before we start new lectures all next week which also has assignments.