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Tom Ballantine MEng Ship Science/ Yacht and Small Craft, 2017

Composite Structural Design Engineer – Gurit

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My time at Southampton helped me to gain the necessary technical knowledge to become a professional engineer, but more importantly it helped me to become a better learner and problem solver.


Why did you choose to study at Southampton?

As a keen sailor, the field of yacht design has always interested me. The Ship Science course at Southampton allowed me to combine my passion for this subject with a highly-regarded engineering degree.

What was it like studying Ship Science at Southampton?

The fact that the course is quite small is great as it allows everyone to really get to know each other.

Between my second and third years I undertook a summer placement with the University.  The placement was focussed on reinstating towing tank apparatus which proved very valuable for my third-year individual project.

For my final-year group design project we created a hydro-foiling sailing catamaran. The boat foiled during the first sailing session which after months of hard work was very rewarding.

What was life like as a student in Southampton?

I was a member of Wessex Sailing Club which saw me competing in events all around the country. University sailing has a great social element and is also a great way to learn new disciplines like team-racing and match-racing.

Take advantage of all the opportunities available and get involved in lots of clubs and societies. Don’t be afraid to put forward your own ideas; university gives you the freedom to research whatever it may be that really interests you so make sure you spend your time wisely. 

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