New strategic partnership strengthens industry links



As part of the University's ongoing commitment to working closely with industry, the school of Engineering and Physical Sciences has announced a collaboration with Leonardo, one of the top ten global players in Aerospace, Defence and Security.

Electrical Engineering undergraduates will visit Leonardo's premises in Edinburgh for a private session which aims to align their employability skills with the company's recruitment campaign.

This opportunity and our strategic partnership with Leonardo exemplifies our commitment to engage our students with industry, and tailor their skills to current demands in the job marketplace.

Dr. Carolina Mateo-Segura, Assistant Professor, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences

As well as learning first-hand information about summer/MEng placements, industrial internships and graduate programmes, Heriot-Watt students will learn where and how Leonardo designs, manufactures and tests its radar and laser products.

Dr. Carolina Mateo-Segura from Heriot-Watt University and Ms. Maria Kelly, Lead RF- Safety Specialist at Leonardo, are leading this initiative.

Dr. Mateo-Segura said: “It is very important that our students understand what a career in high frequency engineering involves, the required skills and the prospects for career development. Leonardo is a major corporation in Aerospace, Defence and Security, and is located just a stone's throw away from Heriot-Watt University. By working together, we can support the development of our future engineers.”

The event is happening in parallel with the learning and teaching strategies developed by the Radio Frequency and Microwave Engineering group, which aims to involve industry in designing the current curriculum and projects.

Neil Raphael, Lead Engineer at Leonardo, said: “We are hoping to make this an annual event, which can accelerate our graduate recruitment process in the sector. Through our discussions with Carolina, we have looked into the skills that our employed graduates lack, and we have set a plan of action."