A Student Project Teaches All
AE Smith’s Brisbane office recently opened its doors to 4th year Mechanical Engineering student, with innovative results.
When Jonathan Ramajoo approached AE Smith to help prepare a thesis, he didn’t realise he was walking into an exciting new opportunity.
“I was keen to put into practice the theory learned during four years at University,” reflects Jonathan, who conducted a thesis project by investigating the phenomenon of System Effect, in particular, the effect on fan performance when 90 degree bends are installed on the inlet of the fan. The outcome of the thesis was a range of correction factors that can be applied when the fans inlet conditions are less than ideal.
Jonathan’s thesis received a distinction – and his other reward is a new role as Graduate Engineer with AE Smith in Brisbane.
Jonathan’s recent appointment to one of AE Smith’s Graduate Engineer positions is a reflection on the contribution he made during his thesis work.
“It’s been a great opportunity to know that your thesis has contributed to the company and the industry as a whole,” comments Jonathan, who will now be working on a variety of engineering projects within AE Smith as well as mentored in a four year graduate program.
The decision to welcome a student into AE Smith’s construction division to conduct a thesis assignment was an easy one for Queensland’s Engineering Manager, Mark Jacobson:
“It’s an important part of being innovators and supporting the future of our industry.”
“Nothing revitalises a company like the injection of fresh people with new ideas and approaches – and Jonathan’s questions and investigations during his thesis has also helped our team question and test old ways of thinking,” adds Mark.
“It’s a great shared learning process,” he adds, with the outcome not only new knowledge for all, but a bright new recruit to mentor through the HVAC industry.
“We’re excited about Jonathan becoming a permanent member of our team and part of AE Smith’s future.”