Our largest recruitment drive to date is now complete! JetX saw a whooping 175% increase in the total number of applications compared to the same time last year.
The significant increase in vacancies due to the introduction of a second programme, Kronos, as well of a small number of non-technical roles to assist with sponsorship and event planning tasks led to an increased acceptance rate of 56%. Commenting on the increased demand JetX president, Chris Triantafyllou said:
"We were expecting a steady increase in applications as we have seen in previous years, but we were very pleased to see so many applicants from all years of study expressing interest in our projects. Intensifying efforts to bring major improvements to the X-Plorer 2 and the introduction of a second programme, Kronos, show our commitment to providing a unique learning experience to more engineering students than ever before."
As part of our recruitment process we also spent nearly 20 hours interviewing 51 applicants. For a second year in a row, Schedulista has been the platform of choice for organising all appointments, which ensured this was a streamlined process, making it as simple as possible for us and all applicants!
In terms of top level management, Andrew Paul has been appointed Programme Director for the X-Plorer 2 and Hamzah Mushtaq has been promoted to Programme Director for Kronos. Among the 43 new recruits, 6 are students in their first year and 3 are post-graduate students with the rest coming from all years of study in-between and from 11 degree programmes making this the most diverse team to date. Commenting on the recruitment process Hamzah noted:
"I'm very impressed with the overall calibre of individuals we have working on Kronos and this takes us a step closer to accomplishing something truly special. Kronos will be the only project of its kind anywhere in the world, and these people get to be an integral part of it. I feel honoured to be leading the project and I am looking forward to working with people from all engineering backgrounds in order to deliver such a complex system."
All candidates have now been contacted and we have a busy schedule in terms of meetings coming up. The joint team leaders-programme coordinators briefing will take place next week and the first full team meeting with take place on the 19th of October. We are looking forward to a very exciting year ahead and working with so many bright young engineers and our industrial partners!
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Our first ever presence in a trade fair has been a great success, as dozens of people from industry, academia and the public visited us to find out more about our work and projects!
Over three days, we displayed the first 3D-printed jet engine model to feature an integrated monitoring system at the 22nd TCT Show held at the NEC in Birmingham. The expo saw a wide range of manufacturers and suppliers come together, exhibiting new technologies, impressive 3D-prints and unveiling new potentials for cooperations.
We were delighted by the interest from the public, academics from UK universities and professionals from the additive manufacture, materials, aerospace, electronics and engineering services industries. We are looking forward to turning these contacts into partnerships in the future that will help us further advance our engine development programmes and promote our work.
Finally we would like to thank Arnold, Edgar and Dolf from Formfutura for hosting us and for giving us this fantastic opportunity to exhibit our work! It was great fun to spend three extremely busy days with the team and we hope to be back for TCT 2018!
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