Stuart Wilson

Stuart is now a Chartered Engineer, working as a Technical Director for Sweco.

BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering*

'All elements of my time at the University have set me up for my future, from using the latest technology to socialising and meeting other people.'

Stuart Wilson

What brought you to study at Teesside University?

I was born in Middlesbrough, grew up in the North East, and I am incredibly passionate about the area. I went to college in Middlesbrough so natural progression led to me attending Teesside University, where I studied electronic engineering.

How did you find the campus and facilities?

I have many fond memories of my time at the University including the lecturers, the facilities and the Students’ Union – especially the Students’ Union bar. I was lucky enough to be invited back for a tour of the University by Neville Winter, who is a Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering. I was blown away by how amazing and different it now looks. The facilities are fantastic and I actually found myself wanting to come back – maybe one day. Perhaps I need to get my lifetime membership of the Students’ Union sorted out!

What are you doing now?

I’m a Chartered Engineer and currently work as a Technical Director specialising in Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), for Sweco in Stockton-on-Tees. The majority of my work over the past ten years has been in the design and delivery of all the technology elements associated with smart motorways, which are being deployed throughout the country. Sweco has aspirations to support the local economy by working to employ specialist staff, including the recruitment of apprentices and graduates to support future infrastructure projects across the region and the rest of the UK.

Do you still have links with the University?

Yes, we have formed relationships with the University course leaders relevant to our work, and we are also looking to get more involved with the industrial liaison group.

How did your degree help you prepare for your future?

All elements of my time at the University have set me up for my future, from using the latest technology to socialising and meeting other people from such a diverse range of backgrounds, cultures and countries. I still find time, on occasion, to meet up with some of the people I went to university with. It is lovely to be able to talk about the good old days at university. We have all moved into different career paths and have been involved in some of the most amazing landmark, high-profile engineering projects.

*Now known as BEng (Hons) Electrical Engineering.