Niall Rees Woodward

Second year in review

Academically, in my second year at Imperial College studying Electrical Engineering I achieved an end of year result of 65%, a result of much better preparation than in my first year, and I’m very happy. I’m enjoying the course more, and as I get the opportunity to choose my modules more specifically this will only continue. In the third year I will undertake some modules in the Business School, learning about management techniques, accounting and marketing. Looking forward this is where I want to head, using my understanding of engineering to guide me in a leadership role within business.

I was a hall senior this year, organising activities for the first-year students to introduce them to university life and help them settle in. As part of this I organised a weekend away to Budapest, with 30 of the students. I have also joined the DJ and production society, learned how to mix and have performed regularly at the union nightclub and other university events at locations around London, earning some money but mostly for fun. This October I am travelling with my co-DJ to Switzerland to DJ at a student music festival hosted by EPFL Lausanne. We have been learning production techniques over the summer and hope to release some music this year.

Over the summer I have lived in Guildford and worked for a start-up industrial drone company, Evolve Dynamics. At the start of summer, I was given approval by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) to fly drones commercially, meaning I can now perform photography, aerial videos and perform demo flights with Evolve Dynamics. It is a real joy to have been part of the company while the first sales are coming through, and I’ve learned a huge amount about business and real-world engineering beyond what is taught in the lecture theatre.

I am also taking triathlon much more seriously and will be competing in Ironman 70.3 Weymouth on the 23rd of September. The location of the room I’m renting this summer has been perfect, with a 50m outdoor pool a ten-minute walk away, and being situated next to the Surrey Hills for cycle training.

In my third year I will step up as the tour-secretary in the triathlon club, organising freshers tour, Easter tour and summer tour. I plan to go to the south coast, Dolomites and French alps respectively. I’m massively excited for the year ahead, and feel I’ve got a good plan for my studies, hobbies and work balance.

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