Product Design Engineering graduate Andrea reflects on her last four years as an Edinburgh Napier student.
“This course stood out for me because I am a very curious person, I love learning about the world, how things work and how things interact with each other.”
I am Andrea Salvador, I’m originally from Spain and recently graduated from the Product Design Engineering course at Edinburgh Napier. When I finished High School, I decided to study in a foreign country. I chose Scotland because the courses are taught in English, there is government funding available for tuition fees and I found the course I wanted to do.
At the time of my application, the Product Design Engineering course was only available at four other universities around Scotland; Edinburgh Napier was one of them. I chose Edinburgh Napier because of the location and I wanted to discover the city and everything that comes with it.
This course stood out for me because I am a very curious person, I love learning about the world, how things work and how things interact with each other. I get bored very easily, though, so I was looking for a multidisciplinary course that could answer some of my questions about the world but at the same time would not be too specific, covering many different topics and challenging my abilities. The Product Design Engineering course combines mechanics, electronics, programming and design, and allows the student to see how all of them interact when designing a product.
“The biggest highlights from my time at Edinburgh Napier was graduating with a First Class Honours Degree”
The biggest highlights from my time at Edinburgh Napier was graduating with a First Class Honours Degree and winning the Ian McLeod Memorial Prize for my final project. The prize is given to the project which best integrates design and engineering principles in a consumer product.
I also founded the MakerHub. A student society aimed at people passionate about learning, creating and bringing ideas and projects to reality. My team and I ran weekly workshops to teach basic programming, electronics, 3D printing, modelling, and other skills to the society members so they gained the basic tools to start creating their projects. The society has been up and running for two years now and has been a great way to keep busy when the weather has not been great – especially in winter.
Challenges such as climate change mean we need professionals from many different areas to work together to develop new technologies and solutions.
Whilst it is good to have people specialised in one subject, I feel that nowadays we need to combine knowledge from many different areas to find solutions. The challenges we are facing now such as climate change, health crisis, etc. will need professionals from many different areas to work together to develop new technologies and solutions. For this to happen, we need people acting as bridges, people that know about many different subjects with different skill sets to collaborate and develop new and innovative solutions.
“I enjoyed living in Edinburgh… The city is full of students and there is always something going on.”
I enjoyed living in Edinburgh. This is a magical and mysterious city full of surprises. From old buildings to canals, rivers, gardens, meadows and secret tunnels, the city hides its secrets and waits for us to discover them.
The city is full of students and there is always something going on. I love dancing so I joined many dancing groups. There is a variety of classes available all around the city, allowing me to discover many old and beautiful buildings with big rooms and very tall ceilings. My favourite one is Teviot as it looks like a castle and you can get lost inside with all its rooms and stairs.
From my time at Edinburgh Napier, I have learned how to manage a team, how to start a society (and keep it moving forward), how to write formal emails to university staff and companies and how to give voice to issues and develop solutions. All of these have led to me acquiring skills I can use in my personal and professional life going forward.
For now, my plan is to travel and explore the world until the end of the year. In January, I will look for a job related to engineering and I will move to a different country in Europe.
The Product Design Engineering course is no longer running. Our Mechanical Engineering course offers similar modules and career routes. Visit the course page to find out more.