Engineering at Cambridge is based around the Engineering Department. As well as providing a structured and attractive course of lectures, the Department organises experimental work and projects throughout the course. The College's role is primarily to assist the personal studies of engineering students. St Catharine's College has a strong tradition in engineering and currently admits about ten students per year. The College provides about 2 hours per week of supervision to students in pairs. A typical supervision involves the students asking for help in their work on problem sheets and reviewing the engineering implications of the problems they have solved. In the final two years the College will oversee your choice of papers, the supervision arrangements and the progress of your projects.
Faculty website: http://www.eng.cam.ac.uk/
Cambridge engineers find they have a full timetable, when personal study and a social or sporting activity or two are included, and most find the friendly atmosphere at Catz enables them to progress in their work and make a real contribution to the life of the College. The engineers also spend a considerable amount of time together in labs, and the College encourages the engineers to maintain a sense of being a group. The close proximity of the College to the Engineering Department is seen by the students as a positive advantage, particularly when en route for the inevitable 9.00 am lectures!
In all Cambridge colleges, the standard of entry for Engineering is high. We would expect successful candidates to have achieved, or be on course to achieve, grades A*A*A at A-level, including Physics, Maths, and preferably Further Maths (although we realise that many applicants may have had to choose their A-levels some considerable time before they decided to apply to us, so we are flexible).
Because of the quantity of applicants for Engineering at Cambridge, the Colleges cannot interview all candidates, and we must de-select some before interview. The correlations between school maths/science exams, the admissions assessment, and performance at Cambridge are good, so we feel we have sufficient information to make these difficult decisions. Candidates with strong school maths and science, especially physics, are, however, strongly encouraged to apply.
At interview, candidates are questioned concerning technical issues of interest to them. Issues concerning professional engineering will also be discussed, with reference to a topical example. It is likely that you will be required to read an article or other text immediately prior to your interview so you can discuss it with your interviewers. Any such additional exercises are simply to give us even more information about your potential, and you will be sent full details of these in advance if you are selected for interview.
Many Catz engineers take a year out between school and university to work in engineering for at least some of that time. They confirm that it is beneficial in many ways and the college encourages the practice where appropriate. We are, however, just a happy to admit students directly after school.
Dr Özgür Akan
Özgür B. Akan was born in Ankara, Turkey. After high school education in Ankara Fen Lisesi (Ankara Science High School), he received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical and electronics engineering from Bilkent University and Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in June 1999 and January 2002, respectively. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the Broadband and Wireless Networking Laboratory, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, in May 2004. He was with the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Middle East Technical University between May 2004 and August 2010. He acted as the Associate Director and the Director of Graduate School of Sciences and Engineering, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey between January 2013 - May 2016. He is the Head of the Internet of Everything Group at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, where he conducts highly advanced theoretical and experimental research on nanoscale, molecular, and neural communications, Internet of Everything, cyber-physical systems, 5G and THz wireless mobile networks, distributed social sensing, and cognitive radio and sensor networks. He is also an adjunct Professor with the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and the Director of Next-generation and Wireless Communications Laboratory (NWCL) at the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey. Prof. Akan is an IEEE Fellow. He is a Series Editor for IEEE Communications Magazine, an Inaugural Editor for IEEE Networking Letters, Editor for IET Communications and Nano Communication Networks Journal (Elsevier), served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, International Journal of Communication Systems (Wiley), European Transactions on Telecommunications. He was the General Co-Chair for IEEE INFOCOM 2017 and the General Co-Chair for ACM MobiCom 2012 and organised many international conferences. Prof. Akan is awarded the European Research Council's (ERC) Consolidator Grant for 2014-2019 and ERC Proof of Concept (PoC) Grant in 2017. He is appointed as IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC) Distinguished Lecturer effective January 2017, and IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Distinguished Lecturer effective January 2011. He received the TUBITAK Young Scientist Award 2014, Koç University Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award in 2012 and 2014, Promising Scientist Award 2014, Kadir Has University, Young Scientist Award 2014 (BAGEP 2014), The Science Academy, Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award 2012, Faculty of Engineering, Koç University, IBM Shared University Research (SUR) Award 2011, IEEE Communications Society 2010 Outstanding Young Researcher Award for Europe, Middle-East and Africa Region (as runner-up), IBM Faculty Award 2010, IBM Faculty Award 2008, Turkish Academy of Sciences Distinguished Young Scientist Award 2008 (TUBA-GEBIP), TUBITAK-Career Award in 2005.
Professor Julian Allwood
Julian Allwood is Professor of Engineering and the Enviornment. He leads the Use Less Group, aiming to support the mitigation of climate change through reducing demand for the energy intensive materials, particularly steel, cement, paper, plastic and aluminium. His group is inter-disciplinary, spanning from the invention of new materials processing techniques through the business and policy case for reducing material demand to holistic analysis of environmental systems. He was a lead author of the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has been chairman of the metal forming branch of the International Academy of Production Engineering and for ten years was joint editor-in-chief of the Journal of Material Processing Technology.
Professor Michael Sutcliffe
Professor Michael Sutcliffe is Director of Studies in Engineering at St Catharine's. He teaches in a wide range of Mechanics and Materials papers. In particular his third year course on Bicycle Design is popular with the students, combining ideas on Material Selection with a range of field trials. His research interests include modelling of structures with composite materials, including projects on fan blades with Rolls-Royce and wind turbine blades with Vestas. He is increasingly active in the field of bio-engineering, specialising in the mechanics of soft tissue such as brain and arteries.
I first chose Engineering at Catz because it is one of the closest colleges to the department, but since arriving I have discovered more fantastic reasons to study Engineering here! With 8-12 students reading Engineering each year, there is a strong community within the College to socialise with, go to lectures with and generally rely on if you are stuck on a problem or need some advice. Also, engineers at Catz have their own society with a variety of socials throughout the year. The highlight is the infamous annual dinner - a chance to celebrate all Catz engineering achievements for both Fellows and students.
Amy Chodorowski (2013), current undergraduate