Meet our scholars

Ajen Limbu was one of the first scholars to graduate from the Tamar Engineering Project

BEng Civil Engineering

With weekly hour-long calls and emails throughout his scholarship from his TEP mentor Stephen Ball, Former CEO of Lockheed Martin, Ajen gained a remarkable insight into leadership, problem-solving and communication.

"The Tamar Engineering Project has given me a great deal of confidence. I pushed myself into project management tasks and spoke in front of many audiences, all of which have been greatly beneficial in my career.

This scholarship enabled me to really challenge myself and push myself out of my comfort zone."

Ajen Limbu

After completing his undergraduate BEng Civil Engineering course and being promoted to the MEng programme, Ajen became an Associate Project Manager at the UK Ministry of Defence.


Cain Sharples

BEng (Hons) Marine Technology

"When I found out I was selected for the Tamar Engineering Project I was surprised as I knew there was competition and only four were chosen. This made me excited to be one of the few lucky enough to become a TEP scholar and what it entails. 

I’m most looking forward to furthering communication with my mentor to grasp a larger understanding of the workplace along with gaining any additional advice. I consider the mentorship involved with TEP to be the most important thing available. 

I am aware this mentorship happens nowhere else thus making it completely unique. Along with this, I consider the potential information my mentor could give me priceless. The Bursary has helped to take off a large burden on my financial issues, removing a potential source of stress and worry.

There are no engineers in my family, however, my dad did tinker around the house, fixing appliances or DIY jobs which definitely played a part in my interest. 

I was always fascinated with how things worked, if anything broke I would typically take it apart to see how it functions
Along with this, I was interested in watching documentaries on how certain machines were developed and constructed.

I hope to learn and improve enough to transfer from my BEng course to a Meng course. 

When I leave university I hope to become a charted engineer. 

While I don’t know where exactly I will be, I am leaning towards how large boats are designed and made."


Sandra Dzepina

BSc (Hons) Computer Systems and Networks

"Once I had learnt that I was accepted onto the project I was extremely excited by the news. 

I felt extremely thankful for the opportunity granted to me and looked forward to the prospects I now had. 

I am most looking forward to being able to work with a professional and learning more about the industry as well as developing my own skills to help me in the professional world after university. 

The insight that I will receive into the industry the most valuable thing for you with TEP? 

The bursary has helped me feel much more at ease financially and allowed me to purchase items I needed, such as professional clothing for my meeting as well as other expenses. 

I am studying Computer Systems and Networks because it was always one of my favourite subjects in high school and kept me consistently engaged. Learning more about computers and computer networks is interesting and very rewarding for me. 

At present, I am still fairly open as to where my career will go. I look forward to learning more about the industry which will help me make decisions about my future career."


George Modica-Cliff

MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Composites

"When I found out I was selected for the Tamar Engineering Project I was excited, proud and it confirmed that my decision to do a degree at Plymouth was the right one. I felt lucky and it boosted my self-esteem.

The mentoring scheme, as having a long-term, supportive relationship with a professional within the engineering field will give me an insider’s view of engineering. 

I am looking forward to the visit to my mentor’s workplace, and any work experience he might be able to offer. I am extremely lucky that the area my mentor works in is related to my passion for renewable energy.

The confidence I have got from the mentoring and the opportunities and knowledge that I will get through this relationship, as I don’t know anyone else in engineering who can answer my business and career questions. 

I also get information from my mentor that I would never have thought about, but professionals have the insight into. 

So, for instance, the things that employers might be looking for on a CV, in other words how to set yourself apart. The bursary has helped me to worry less about getting into debt. Furthermore, it has meant I can concentrate more on my studies and entering engineering competitions, rather than having to get a part-time job, which is great. It will also mean I can take unpaid work opportunities in the future, to improve my CV.

I have always enjoyed finding out how things work, especially by taking things apart and repairing them. As none of my family are engineers this has given me many opportunities to mend things, but I have not had a role model or any guidance. 

This hobby became a career choice when I decided to go to UTC Plymouth, which is a secondary school specialising in engineering. Furthermore, I am concerned about the use of fossil fuels and waste in the world and have developed a passion for sustainability and renewable energy. 

My career ambition is to work with energy or manufacturing in a sustainable way, I would love to create a solution to the world’s dependence on fossil fuels, that is affordable and accessible to everyone. 

I hope that my career path in engineering will allow me to help others and the planet."