Vision for sustainable engineering

By 30 May 2023 Comment

Dami Shofoluwe joined the Nuclear AMRC as a mechanical engineer in October 2022, with the centre sponsoring her through the Nuclear Graduates scheme. We asked about her experiences so far.

Engineer wearing augmented reality headset

Hi, my name is Dami and I am a mechanical engineer on the Nuclear Graduates programme managed by Energus on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

I applied for the programme during my final year of studying aerospace engineering at the University of Nottingham, as I became increasingly interested in sustainability and energy.

Although I knew that I wanted to work in the nuclear sector, I was unsure of which type of engineer I wanted to be or where to start. The Nuclear Graduates programme offered me the chance to explore different areas of the nuclear sector and broaden my knowledge of nuclear engineering.

One of my main interests is research, which is why the Nuclear AMRC has been such a valuable sponsor and placement for me. At the Nuclear AMRC, I have been fortunate to work on a variety of internal and external projects, giving me the chance to gain experience in research and development, and collaborating with companies covering all stages of nuclear engineering.

The best part about working at the Nuclear AMRC is the abundance of fascinating projects that I can get involved in. Everyone is very open to my participation, and I have been able to work with multiple new technologies, such as micro-reactors and laser trackers. I am also eager to gain experience in welding.

One of the projects I worked on involved mixed reality technology, which combines virtual models with the real world. Prior to this, I had never heard of mixed reality, and had only heard of augmented reality in the context of games like Pokémon Go.

Engineer using augmented reality technology

The project involved investigating the use of mixed reality in metrology. We demonstrated how a part inspection could be carried out using a Microsoft HoloLens 2 headset and PolyWorks AR software.

Mixed reality has vast potential in manufacturing, especially in metrology, as it allows for a completely hands-free operation using eye tracking technology and voice activation software. This will be particularly useful for inspecting larger components.

I am thrilled to be part of such exciting projects at the Nuclear AMRC, where I am constantly learning and expanding my knowledge of the nuclear sector.