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Student profiles

Read our student profiles to find out what it’s really like to be a Civil Engineering student at Brunel.

Fidaa, Water Engineering MSc

I chose Brunel after I read the excellent description of the course modules. Additionally, the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Science at Brunel has a fantastic reputation, along with the great opportunities that are offered when living in London.

My study at Brunel expanded my knowledge, deepened my abilities, improved my skills and enriched my experiences in water and wastewater treatment. Furthermore, we studied management and financial subjects which are very important for working in the professional field.

The aim of my dissertation was to set up and run a pilot water treatment membrane plant at laboratory scale level and evaluate Ultrafiltration membrane technology, with the view of establishing guidelines for effective membrane technology. I studied the influence of operation conditions and water quality on the membrane flux, using two different kinds of raw water and different backwash frequencies.

The study focused on hollow fiber ultrafiltration membrane technology, in which two units were used from an Indian manufacturer under two bar feed pressures. Quality parameters of treated water and measured flux of the bench scale plant have been analysed to determine the removal efficiency of the membranes and the fouling rate. Hence, the membrane resistances have been calculated for each membrane so far.Currently, I am searching for a job to participate in solving problems of water at home in Palestine.

Stefanie. Civil Engineering with Sustainability BEng 

I was very interested in Brunel, as my course had a more practical way of learning through lab work and field trips. Additionally, we had the option of completing a placement year. I completed a placement with Coca-Cola in their Engineering and Environmental departments. It gave me the chance to put into practice all the sustainable aspects of my course, as well as the opportunity to network with contractors who carried out environmental projects on site.Brunel offers many ways to socialise.

I am currently a member of CivSoc, our CivilEngineering society, as well as the Rock Climbing society, where I have had the chance to meet many interesting people and friends. I’m also a member of Engineers without Borders, an organisation that looks to promote sustainable construction in Third World countries. I would also like to work more closely with Engineers without Borders and help raise money for the cause, as it is something that I feel really passionate about.problem solving and could help me to create something amazing.

I started at Brunel in 2012, they were so friendly, and are leaders in the field, so I knew they could help me make a difference. Since I started at Brunel, my biggest achievement has been completing the 2014 Constructionarium with Atkins and Careys; this involved working on an active construction site to build a scale model of the Kingsgate Bridge. It was amazing and it was something I never thought I could do, but I gave it a go and as a team we succeeded in building a great bridge!