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USA study option success for engineer

The Vice-Chancellor is photographed talking to final year engineering student, Mayank Vaducha, at a reception following the Department of Engineering Annual Industry Lecture on Thursday, 29 January. Mayank, who is studying Electronic and Software Engineering, was one of the first students from Leicester to take the option of studying at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York as part of his “with USA” engineering degree. Since then, he has spent a year working in industry at Alstec in Whetstone, Leicester. Mayank found both experiences hard work, but most enjoyable and maturing. 

[Photo: Mayank Vaducha with the Vice-Chancellor]
Engineering student Mayank Vaducha 
with the Vice-Chancellor
Clarkson has an internationally-renowned engineering school. The flexibility of learning was impressive but Mayank found the regime of continuous assessment and “surprise tests” a shock to the system. Nevertheless he emerged from the exchange with considerable academic credit. The support from the exchange tutors at Clarkson was outstanding, from academic support through to pre-arranged accommodation.

The time spent in upper New York State gave him an opportunity to experience a completely new education system, making new friends, participating in events and travelling. He was able to travel to four major east coast cities during the spring break. Mayank thoroughly enjoyed participating and performing in university events and joined various societies like the International Students Association (Treasurer), Friends of India Association, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and Residential Student Committee. He earned his additional travel expenses by working part time as an academic tutor and part of an alumni fund raising scheme.

In addition to graduating with a good degree Mayank has considerably enhanced his employment prospects. He has broadened his knowledge of the business world, improved his presentation, communication and team-working skills and generally equipped himself with many of the essentials for successful work in industry. He now finds himself more assertive, independent and, most importantly, a confident planner. 

The Vice-Chancellor gave his enthusiastic support to the schemes available within the engineering degrees and commented that Mayank’s experiences highlighted some very encouraging aspects of the opportunities available to Leicester students; he looked forward to seeing more students taking full advantage of these opportunities. 

Professor Paul Gostelow
Department of Engineering

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