Dr Frank Bryan

Dr Frank Bryan
Dr Frank Bryan

The Power Conversion group at Manchester is a great place to develop engineering skills with a large support group of knowledgeable and approachable staff.

Research Associate in the Power Conversion Group: October 2010 to 2013

Current role: Senior Power Engineer / Lead Engineer at Ultra Electronics PMES

Before I joined Power Conversion as a Research Associate …

I originally studied the Mechatronics MEng at UMIST before continuing in my studies at The University of Manchester with an Engineering Doctorate in the Power Conversion Group. After the EngD I remained at Manchester in a Research Associate post in the Intelligent Power networks Evaluation Facility. 

Tell us a little about your experience with the Group …

The Power Conversion group at Manchester is a great place to develop engineering skills with a large support group of knowledgeable and approachable staff.

My research at Manchester involved designing and building DC-DC converters which required a broad range of design activities. This has proven invaluable in industry where I need to communicate with specialists in many different engineering and project roles.

and your current role with Ultra Electronics PMES …

I currently lead multidiscipline engineering teams developing military power electronic systems. The role requires involvement in projects from tendering through design and development to qualification and instaltion.

The variety of activities continues to be one of the things I enjoy most about power electronics. No application requires just one skill set and working as a team and collaborating with customers and suppliers to develop innovative solutions is highly rewarding.

What advice would you give to students looking to move into research?

If you are interested in moving into industry at a later stage in your career look for a role with industrial links. This allows you to develop a professional network and also focuses your skills and attitude on problems that need solving in industry today.

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