News & Events-Cutting edge work experience with Frazer-Nash Consultancy

From rocket motor nozzle development to creating Reliability, Availability and Maintainability (RAM) models for a rail infrastructure project - these are just some of the cutting edge activities undertaken by University of Adelaide engineering students during their summer internships at Frazer-Nash Consultancy.

Working from the company's Adelaide office, the duo - Lisa Neldner and Ross Anderson - worked alongside leading engineers in their field on real-world projects.

Lisa is studying for a double Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical and Aerospace) and Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, while Ross is undertaking a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical and Sustainable Energy Engineering. 

Reflecting on the skills she gained during her time at Frazer-Nash Lisa commented: "My project was based around the modelling of thermal conditions in a structure. This included researching, constructing models, and analysing results.  It's been really enjoyable and I've improved both my engineering and interpersonal skills."

Dr Janet Wilson, who leads Frazer-Nash's advanced analysis team in Adelaide mentored Lisa throughout her placement. "Lisa was awarded a grant by the South Australian Department of State Development (DSD), as part of the second round of its Defence and STEM Internship Program and this collaborative program has been a great success," explained Dr Wilson.

"Lisa made a significant contribution to this research program supporting rocket motor nozzle development and experimentation work," she added.

Meanwhile Ross spent his internship in the Systems Engineering team and his mentor Damien Farrell noted his contribution was outstanding. "Ross has been largely focused on projects in the rail industry, developing RAM models, using specialist software that directly contributed to final design analysis and approval," continued Damien.

Ross commended the engineers he worked with who were always willing to share their wealth of knowledge and added: "I have no doubt undertaking this internship will aid me in my final year of study and my future endeavours as an engineer. I finish with a better understanding of both the engineering workplace and my own aspirations within consultancy."

The application process for the next internship program will open mid-year. Frazer-Nash's 2016/17 Graduate Program is now open, closing 29th April 2016. Frazer-Nash will be exhibiting at both the Melbourne and Adelaide Careers Fairs.

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