I’m a research engineer working on automation of electric vehicle battery manufacture. I’m a big fan of motorsports, love cars and upcycling!
Hello, my name is Rohin.
I live in the West Midlands. I went to University at Coventry (back in 2012, which feels like ages ago now!) for my undergraduate degree, and Loughborough for my masters degree.
I grew up in the South near London, in a town called Guildford. I have a project car in my garage that I try to work on whenever I can, it’s a Mazda MX-5. One day I’m hoping to drive in one the racetrack. I love the convertible roof, makes you feel very cool when the sun is out driving along with some music on. In my spare time I also enjoy recycling/upcycling and reusing, I love how creatively you can make new things out of old things! Making things is really satisfying to me, it’s quite relaxing and you feel very accomplished when it’s finished!
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I figure out how we can make batteries for different vehicles and what processes are needed in that assembly. Then what we can automate to make things safer, faster or more reliable. This might be done with robots or software.
I’m a Project Engineer at WMG, University of Warwick. I manage the Flexible Module Build lab at WMG where we make Battery Modules, which are the building blocks of Battery Packs.
My work involves researching how batteries for electric vehicles are made, and how we can do it smarter! That means using robots where appropriate and analysing data, or using software to recognise patterns and improve processes. We have a small prototype assembly line in our lab, with some robots to do some of the work for us. This is because they’re faster and safer. The batteries we make can be used in all sorts of different vehicles, from passenger cars to sports cars to buses to diggers.
This is one of our robots, called the cell loading system:
It tests cylindrical cells and then puts the good ones into the battery the correct way up. A human could do this, but it would be very boring and this machine is a lot faster!
To give you an idea of what a battery module looks like, here’s a AAA battery that you might use in your TV remote, next to an 18650 cylindrical cell, with a small battery module made of cylindrical cells:
18650 is for the size. It means 18mm in diameter, and 65.0mm in height.
For those wondering what the images in my gallery are, the first is a picture of me telling some very important people about some of the work we do, which is also in a news story below. The second is an image of a weld on top of a cylindrical cell under the microscope, a very colourful example! The third and fourth are of a robot display I helped make for the Coventry Transport Museum, in a special exhibition called “Our Future Moves”. There’s more in the other news story below. The fifth and sixth images are of when I’ve been lucky to go abroad for work! I went to Shanghai for 3 weeks and that’s a picture of the bay there. I also presented some research at a conference in Italy.
I’ve been in several news stories that WMG has put out:
I am also the Chairperson for the Coventry Automobile Division of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). We host lectures from engineers from different companies to tell us about the exciting work they do, and we run events as well like factory tours and trips to Silverstone race circuit!
My Typical Day:
My days can vary dramatically based on what project I’m working on or what research I’m involved in. Working with lots of different people on different things means I’m always learning or researching something new, which is really exciting and interesting.
My days can vary dramatically based on what project I’m working on or what research I’m involved in.
I might be testing our lab equipment or building a battery.
I might be running an experiment, or mentoring some students.
I might be visiting a company to see what equipment they use or teach them about ours.
In our lab we work with lots of different partners and companies making batteries that come in all shapes and sizes. Having all this variety makes the job really exciting for me, I wake up happy to go to work, which is one of the most important things when it’s time for you to find your job.
What I'd do with the prize money:
If I won the prize I would use it for AR (augmented reality) experiences to teach students and the public more about what battery modules and packs are made of, how they are made, how they are maintained and why they need to be handled safely.
If I won the prize I would use it for AR (augmented reality) experiences to teach students and the public more about what battery modules and packs are made of, how they are made, how they are maintained and why they need to be handled safely. AR is a great learning and teaching tool, and is also getting used more in industry. You might have used or played AR apps and games before. That gamification of learning has been proven to embed people’s knowledge better than just reading text and diagrams. Learning by doing is something I’m really passionate about, and is also one of the most effective ways for engineers to learn to (studied and researched that in my undergraduate degree). So it would be great to help those thinking about whether a career in engineering is for them!
Guildford County School for secondary school and sixth form
Coventry University for my undergraduate degree
Loughborough University for my masters degree
GCSEs – Maths, Physics, Chemistry, English Lit and Lang, ICT, Spanish, PE, Catering
AS Level – Chemistry
A Levels – Maths, Further Maths, Physics
Undergraduate Degree – BEng Mechanical Engineering (Hons)
Masters Degree – MSc Automotive Systems Engineering
Intern Engineer – TATA Technologies
Graduate Engineer – TATA Technologies
Project Engineer – WMG, University of Warwick
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Inquisitive, driven, reliable
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Originally I wanted to work in Formula 1 but after some work experience I did when I was in Year 10 I chose to do Mechanical Engineering and see what other jobs in engineering were possible
What was your favourite subject at school?
Physics because we got to use equipment and do experiments. Unfortunately we didn't have DT or Resistant Materials.
What did you want to be after you left school?
Formula 1 Engineer
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Not really, I was a good lad.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I think I'd still like to do something involving cars, but involving upcycling as well so maybe making things out of scrap cars or repairing classic cars. Or I'd be a baker because I love baking and desserts.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
I don't really have one, my last 5 recently added in my library are by Drake, Priya Ragu, Basement Jaxx and Mahalia..
What's your favourite food?
Indian although pizza is a close second
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Supercar track driving experience day
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
First I'd love to buy another car (a sporty electric one). Second I wish I had the will to exercise more. Thirdly I wish all governments and companies would implement more measures to combat climate change tomorrow, because the consequences are scary! And that third one is less greedy because it will help everyone :)
Tell us a joke.
It's a picture which won't fit in this bit - google the "engineering flowchart". The one with the WD40 and the tape is what some people think Mechanical Engineers jobs are...