From Durham to Stockport via Pakistan
October 26th, 2017
Hi, Dan Walsh here; I’ve recently joined Wilde Analysis as an Engineer and I’m looking forward to diving into my role with the Design Simulation team!
Growing up in Durham, I secured a place at the University of Strathclyde in 2011. Many projects and classes later, I graduated with a First-Class Master’s degree in Aero-Mechanical Engineering. During this time, I became familiar with CAD software, together with an introduction to the world of FEA and CFD. I also gained experience with a few different software packages. The most memorable was building and analysing an aircraft fuselage – involving writing ANSYS APDL scripts
I joined the IAESTE program (International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience) after my third year at university, securing a 2-month summer internship at the National University for Sciences and Technology (NUST) in Pakistan. (I would recommend anyone else to find colder months.) I spent my time creating disaster-relief helicopters, from building the base models to increasing the battery life to structural considerations to fit a care package and camera. The variety of work in even such a small project was huge – a characteristic I’m excited to explore within Wilde.
Outside of work, I can usually be found headfirst in a book, or out on a run – though very rarely at the same time. I’ve also got a case of the travel bug; Pakistan was followed by a leisure-trip around the Philippines, and more recently a brief stint in Ireland, which have joined large parts of Europe on my list of adventures.
Joining a fast-paced environment like Wilde is a touch daunting, but I’m eager to jump in and start supporting our clients! This will include joining Wilde Analysis’ IMechE accredited Monitored Professional Development Scheme to accelerate my journey to Chartership.
Daniel Walsh, Engineer