Rupeche studied BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering, now he works as a Control and Instrumentation Engineer.
Can you tell us a bit about your current role?
I work as a Control and Instrumentation Engineer for Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR). On a day to day basis, I get involved with a team of engineers responsible in the design, specification, requisitioning and services related to control systems including basic process control systems, safety instrumented systems, machinery monitoring systems, control panels, field instrumentation, valves, usually project driven.
I am currently working on the BP Shah Deniz Stage 2 Project, which is one of the largest gas developments in the world. The project will help increase European energy security by bringing Caspian gas resources to markets in Europe for the very first time. The overall cost of this project is estimated to be around $45 billion.
How did you first develop an interest in Electrical & Electronic Engineering?
Ever since I was young I have always been interested in how things work. Without engineers there would be no cars, aircraft, mobile phones, tablets, PCs or TVs. In order to be at the forefront of technologies that help to improve people's lives and to feed my constant need of challenge pursuing a career in this field seemed to be the right choice.
Why did you choose to study Electrical & Electronic Engineering at City?
Located in London, the heart of one of the world's most exciting cities, and the chance to make friends from all over the world was ideal for me. The course itself at the time seemed to be designed to prepare students for their lives and future careers. In such a competitive job market, the employability skills that I would be able to gain during my academic life would make me stand out from the crowd.
Furthermore, the accreditation of City's Electrical and Electronic Engineering course by professional engineering bodies such as the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) and the Institute of Measurement & Control (InstMC) provided City's qualifications an extra weight making it a great place to study.
What was your favourite module during your degree?
One of the modules that I found most useful in my degree was Electronic Circuit Design in my first year. We learnt about building simple circuits and about developing more complex designs, which often involve teams of designers, established processes and computer simulation.
The module provided a solid foundation for my final year project which involved creating a prototype of a low-cost home automation system that allowed domestic electrical appliances to be remotely controlled and monitored over the internet.
Were there any lecturers who really inspired you?
How did City help you get to where you are today?
At City I had chance to explore subjects critical to advancement in today's high-tech society. In addition, it gave me an overall view of the field through a diverse range of theoretical skills and practical experience, presented in the context of real applications and design experience.
Any advice for someone considering Electrical & Electronic Engineering at City?
Go for it! My advice is to be yourself, do your own thing and work hard in order to achieve an excellent academic performance. Order, discipline and hard work, are the three pillars of success, and foundation of a complete education. In addition, City offers a huge range of opportunities and you will be able to meet people that share the same interests as you through the Students' Union, clubs and societies in the heart of London.