Kabul Maharjan with his final year project
"I won five prizes while on the BEng (Hons) Robotics and Automated Systems* course, including first prize for best application of technological skills and first prize for best use of research.
For my final year project I designed and built a software application which allowed a robot to view its surroundings using two cameras and which was able to detect objects. From this data a virtual map was created to allow the robot to navigate avoiding any obstacles in its way. My project was heavily based on my work placement experiences as an Applications Engineer at National Instruments. This also helped me secure my current role at Cooper Research Technologies.
My course introduced me to various control aspects in engineering through robotics. The structure of the course also allowed me to get a work placement. The experience of these two things has been galactic in terms of my career development.
As a Software Development Engineer I am responsible for managing software projects and designing software to control consumer hardware. I enjoy programming and seeing something I have made work and be used. 
Going to university was definitely worth it. I don’t think I would have been where I am today if I hadn’t decided to study at Plymouth. One of the best things about my course at Plymouth was I was able to approach almost anyone for support when needed and had access to abundant equipment to gain hands-on experience.
I don’t think I would have been where I am today if I hadn’t decided to study at University of Plymouth."
*The course has subsequently been renamed BEng (Hons) Robotics.