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Elva Bannon, Mechatronic Engineer
Elva talks here about her role as a Mechatronic Engineer at ocean energy company Wavebob.
I’ve worked in a wide range of areas over my four years at Wavebob, from mechanical design to data analysis – but most recently a lot of my work has been related to tank testing. We use large wave tanks to test scaled models of our [ocean energy] device, to see how it reacts to different wave conditions, and we use this data to feed in to the design and manufacture of the full size machine.
I’m part of a team inventing something new that has the potential to provide clean renewable energy.
In 2008 I did a Masters in Advanced Engineering in DIT, with subjects picked to set me up for a career in renewable energy.
I found having education in a number of different areas of engineering to be beneficial to the work I am doing.