Clara Moyano Mora – graduate profile
"I can honestly say that University of Plymouth gave me the time of my life. The University is in an excellent location right in the city centre, and Plymouth is a lively city with lots going on, from all sorts of cultural events to the latest water sports facilities. The south-west of England has a very chilled-out lifestyle and, as an international student, I felt very welcome.

Brought up in Spain, my first visit to Plymouth was as an exchange student to finish my electronics degree. It was during this exchange that I heard about the composite materials degree. I had always been interested in materials science and the course had a very good reputation throughout Europe, as did the University. So, staying at Plymouth was a simple choice. 

The course gave me a great insight into what industry would be like: solving real case studies, designing and manufacturing advanced materials and analysing them with state-of-the-art equipment.

After graduation I was lucky enough to get involved in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)* between the University and Parker Hannifin, working as a Research and Development Engineer. One of my responsibilities was selecting the right materials for special applications, for example high-performance stainless steels and superalloys that are able to cope in highly corrosive environments such as offshore oil rigs. 

Following my successful completion of the KTP, I was offered a position with Parker Hannifin as an Innovation Engineer and Innovation Coordinator. I am also very proud to be the third woman in my family to go into engineering."

*Knowledge Transfer Partnerships give qualified graduates the opportunity to work in companies to manage projects central to the development needs of that company.