Engineer profiles

Johnathan SengendoJohnathan Sengendo – Summer Placement Student

Current post:

Undergraduate, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

Summer placement work:

Modelling and measuring flow-splitting in Neutral Beam component manifold

Background:

Undergraduate MEng in Aerospace and Aerothermal Engineering and Summer placements at Culham during university

Other work at Culham:

As well as performing Computational Fluid Dynamics analysis of the manifold system, Jonathan was exposed to the design and procurement processes employed at the lab as he played a lead role in getting the flow rig designed, installed and commissioned on site

Hobbies and interests:

Rugby, football, University Automotive Club


Michael Porton Michael Porton – Long term placement and CASE PhD student

Current post:

CASE PhD Student in association with Cranfield University

PhD topic:

Exploring CFD models for gas flow in the JET neutraliser

Background:

Home town: Cardiff
Undergraduate: MMath from Bath University
Postgraduate: MSc in Physics and Technology of Nuclear Reactors from Birmingham University
Small placement while at school at ASTRIUM, a space science and technology company
Summer placement project at Culham in 2006 to model and experimentally analyse the upgraded duct scraper assembly for the EP2-NBE project

Other work at Culham:

Assisting with experiments on the Neutral Beam Test facility, performing structural analyses using FEA and hand calculations to enhance professional development

Hobbies and interests:

Keen football player and supporter, interest in Ju Jitsu and languages, also currently restoring a classic car


Tim Mindham Tim Mindham – Graduate Engineer

Current post:

Graduate Engineer within Remote Handling Group (although the scheme involves secondments in a variety of groups)

Current work:

Managing a portfolio of projects within the Remote Handling Group, responsible for the design, analysis and procurement for various components required to install JET’s new ITER-like Wall

Background:

Home town: Norwich
Undergraduate: MEng in Mechanical Engineering from Warwick University
Two summer placements at Culham during university
Awarded financial sponsorship for studies

Other work at Culham:

The first year in the programme was spent in the Design and Analysis Group performing the structural and thermal analyses for various components within the JET Neutral Beam system, assessing whether they will withstand the power levels expected after the next upgrade

Hobbies and interests:

Couldn’t live without football! Apart from that, enjoys playing pool, poker and a bit of bass guitar


Michael Robbie-Olsson Michael Robbie-Olsson – CASE PhD student

Current post:

EPSRC CASE PhD student in association with the University of Strathclyde

PhD topic:

Dissimilar joining of high heat flux materials with a focus on fatigue testing and metallographic investigation

Background:

Home town: Dual National British and Swedish
Undergraduate: BEng in Mechanical Engineering with First Class Honours, University of Strathclyde
Industrial placement: Six months working for AutoDESK, Singapore Division
Summer Internship: Two months working for Occidental of Oman

Personal professional development activities:

Currently the Vice-President of the IAESTE Glasgow local committee. IAESTE is an international organisation that enables university students to undertake technical work placements abroad with strong emphasis on cultural exchange

Hobbies and interests:

Fencing and all forms of outdoor sports including; hiking, kayaking, climbing and scuba diving. Keen interest in travel and exploring new cultures


Joe Milnes Joe Milnes – PhD Student and Design and Evaluation Group Leader

Current post:

Head of Design and Evaluation Group

PhD topic:

Computational modelling of the hypervapotron cooling technique for nuclear fusion applications

Background:

Home town: Oxford
Undergraduate: MEng from Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge
Postgraduate: Ongoing PhD with Cranfield University
Summer placement projects at Culham looking at pressure vessel design and thermal modelling of Neutral Beam diagnostics

Other work at Culham:

Primarily focussed on delivering design solutions for the heating systems on the MAST, JET and ITER Tokamaks
Specialist in high heat flux applications

Hobbies and interests:

Basketball, golf, piano, travel


Andrew Busse Andrew Busse – Power Academy student

Current post:

Undergraduate on the Electronic Engineering with Power Systems MEng degree course at University of Southampton

Summer work placement:

Developing an automatic test bed for Siemens PLC modules, and writing safety documentation for the DMV (Disruption Mitigation Valve) project on MAST

Background:

Home town: Walsall, West Midlands
One week work experience in the Electronics Department of Aston University

Hobbies and interests:

President of Student Robotics (a student-led outreach organisation providing a robotics competition for nearby sixth-form colleges)
Learning French
Playing badminton and karate