Masters student Riya talks about the future of females in vehicle technologies and her experience on the course...

What attracted you to study Vehicle Technologies and why at Aston?Image of Riya
I had been working in the mining vehicle industry where I developed a profound interest in electric mobility which paved the way for me to learn in-depth about future vehicles. The MSc Future Vehicle Technologies degree at Aston University covered every aspect of the modern automotive industry with research-oriented teaching culture and fantastic facilities - this really appealed to me. I knew Aston would be the best place to conduct research and experiments.
What do you think about the facilities at Aston?
Being a student at Aston allowed me to access different spaces including the library for research. I was always using the laboratories within engineering and physical sciences which were brilliant as they featured industry standard equipment. 
I spent a lot of my time using the computer labs, exploring different software’s required for research activities. These resources were available to me to use at home as well, which came in very handy. 
How was the academic support you received at Aston?
Being an international student, I did think I would struggle but our professors were very supportive in providing guidance for understanding the modules and individual support when required. You are supported in so many ways at Aston, all you have to do is ask!
Is there a project you have worked on that you are particularly proud of?
The Multiphysics System Design module gave me an opportunity to learn theory and gain hands-on experience in  design and development. I got the opportunity to help design a 100% electric vehicle on a go-kart using the high-level industrial software Ignite Ricardo. It strengthened my skills in working as part of a team and gave me confidence to provide effective feedback to the professor.  
What do you think the future holds for women in Vehicle Technologies?
Unfortunately, there aren't many women in the automotive industry but most companies are now focusing on diversity and there are plenty of opportunities for women in this industry, so I think the future is looking bright for us!
What advice would you give to students who are looking at studying Future Vehicle Technologies?
My advice would be to try and undertake some industrial experience on the course – you can do this via the professional practice module. It will really increase your chance of getting a job straight after you graduate!

What are your future plans?
I am currently working for Jaguar Land Rover as a Systems Rig Design Engineer. I want to eventually work in the research and development of electric and hybrid powertrains. 


Learn more about the MSc Future Vehicle Technologies course at Aston.