In the engineering sector, a summer shut down, or at least a slow down is a regular thing. The kids are on their holidays, projects are simmering away slowly, conferences are on hold and funding rounds at this time of year are few and far between.
Here at Cubik Innovation it has been anything but a shut down. It has been so overwhelmingly busy that there hasn’t even been much time to make a cup of tea!
Okay so maybe there has been time to make tea, but just what have we been up to?
We have our very first apprentice! Having carried out work experience with us back in the Summer of last year, Shannon decided that once she had finished her A Levels she really wanted to get straight into work (and the allure of Cubik was of course too much!).
Studying at Wiltshire College for a HNC in Electronics and Electrical Engineering, with access to cutting edge laboratory facilities, equipment and teachers the course will take her three years to complete. Integrating her practical undertakings here at Cubik alongside her studies, Shannon will gain first-hand experience in all areas of electronics consolidating her learning into a qualification.
Although she has only been here a matter of weeks the team is already extremely impressed with her enthusiasm and skill for soldering!
Dan Morgan is on his placement year from Plymouth University where he is studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Immediately having landed on to a big project Dan has been super busy getting stuck in.
Here at Cubik Innovation we have a long standing relationship with Plymouth University, previous interns and a few members of staff studied at the University for their degree. Each year we attend their end of year show and are always very impressed with the projects being undertaken.
Ben Ezard also joined us from The University of the West of England for a Summer Internship. Currently finishing up his Computer Science and Creative Technologies Course we met Ben through the talk given by Paul at The University of the West of England back in March. Although not with us for long, Ben has become a highly valued member of the team. We wish him the best of luck on the remainder of his studies and future career.
One member is sadly leaving us … Bhavin, who has been our Graduate Electronics Engineer is off to study for a MSc at York University in Digital Systems Engineering. Suffice to say he is very excited about his next adventure although we shall be sad to see him leave us.
Cubik Innovation continually seeks to integrate itself with the academic community, believing that to gain the best employees feeding back first hand industry knowledge is key.
The Science Park continues to grow, there are plenty more companies and people to meet, the Bristol region is certainly alive with new businesses and entrepreneurs. We are very lucky to work in such a vibrant and diverse building giving us the opportunity to foster new collaborations and relationships.
Projects, projects, projects!
At present we have over 20 live projects. Of varying industry sectors and a range of complexities the whole team has been running at full speed. A project of particular interest is that of The Open Hand Project being run by Joel Gibbard which aims to use 3D printing technologies and open source information to bring affordable prosthetics to the market. Next month we shall be doing a full feature of this exciting project so keep an eye out!
As we look forward to the autumn we rapidly approach Cubik’s 2nd Birthday! Celebration plans are well underway, keep checking back for what we get up to!