MSc Student earns summer internship at Hitachi-GE in Japan

MSc Nuclear Science and Engineering student Jin Ye was recently selected along with several students from other UK Universities to attend a summer internship at Hitachi-GE in Japan this year.

We caught up with Jin to tell us a little more about his expectations for his summer internship.

Tell us about your application for the Hitachi Internship

"My research project is imaging nuclear debris using ultrasonic arrays. The project’s industrial partner is HITACHI. I’m planning to use not only ultrasonic acoustic knowledge but also MATLAB programming and machine learning techniques.

I am very interested in Japanese culture and happy to learn some Japanese language. My project is imaging nuclear debris using ultrasonic arrays. The industrial partner is also Hitachi and Rob is currently working on some projects with them. It would be great for me to come to Japan to obtain more details from experts in Hitachi face to face.

I know that the Japanese reactor design Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) is playing a more and more important role in nuclear industry market. I would like to enhance my knowledge about Japanese nuclear industry and improve my industrial skills after internship.

During the internship, I will learn about how to work with Japanese partners. I am also keen on the way Japanese specialists analyse nuclear industrial problems. Do they think in the same way as British experts do? What can I learn from them?

If possible, I would like to have chats with Japanese colleagues about how they think of ABWR compared with other reactor designs. I will also try to think about how it will influence the nuclear industry in the UK".

How do you think this internship will help you once you finish the course?

"Once I finish the course, I would like to become a nuclear engineer in the nuclear industry. I might focus on nuclear power plant decommissioning and waste management and I would like to get charted within 10 years.

If I can get a job opportunity from Hitachi, I would like to work in between the UK and Japan. Thanks to the group project setting, I’ve learnt how to cooperate with people. I think I will have a promising career with what I’ve learnt from this MSc programme".

International collaboration with the South West Nuclear Hub

The Hub and the University of Bristol has a number of agreements with international partners offering students the opportunity of internships. Further information is available here.

2016/17 student Viktorija Zaksaite also completed an internship with Hitachi-GE in Japan; you can read her account of her experience here.

MSc Nuclear Science and Engineering

More information on MSc Nuclear Science and Engineering can be found on our website. Applications are open for the 2018/19 academic year.

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