Glenarm student embarks on career journey to USA

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A Glenarm student is jetting off to the United States this summer to gain valuable experience in the world of mechatronics.

Steven Mulvenna, a student at Queen’s University Belfast has been selected to take part in IAESTE (International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience), an exchange programme managed by the British Council, which sees students from all scientific and technical disciplines undertake work placements across the globe.

Steven, who is currently in his fourth year studying Mechanical Engineering, will spend eight months working for Wolf Robotics Ltd, a company based in the city of Fort Collins, Colorado, that specialises in providing state-of-the-art robotic manufacturing systems.

The 23-year-old will be joined by 17 other students from across Northern Ireland in the IAESTE programme, with placements taking place in countries as diverse as South Korea, the Czech Republic and Canada. It is hoped that the skills they gain with IAESTE will significantly contribute to their future employment prospects when they return to Northern Ireland.

Steven said: “By working in a company that is at the fore front of robotic welding and grinding technologies I will be able to develop my knowledge of the robotic industry. As well as providing technical skills, this prospect excites me as it offers the possibility of gaining new skills and experiences in an international environment.”