Autonomous, DFT, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, People, Research, Software, Technology

THE REAL FACES OF JLR – Oriol Quintana Morales

What do you do at Jaguar Land Rover?

I work in the V2X department which basically means Vehicle-to-everything, and covers all kind of communication to other cars, infrastructure, cloud, pedestrians, etc. V2X will be an enabler for improving road safety, traffic efficiency and comfort.

For the last three years I have been working in the V2X Research department and mainly working on the V2X area of the government funded project called UK Autodrive. I have recently moved to the Pre-Development team to work on getting this technology in our cars.

What is the most enjoyable part of your job?

The most enjoyable and satisfactory part is when you see the V2X prototype systems that we have been working on for months working fine during the demonstration days to VIPs or to the press.

What is the most challenging part of your job?

The most challenging part of this job is that this technology keeps evolving because of the different working groups and consortiums in the world working on it. And as a company we have to make sure that our cars can communicate with the rest of world. In another words, we need to assure that Jaguar Land Rover cars speak the same language as the other cars.

Can you tell us about the research you’re currently working on?

In the UK Autodrive project that I previously mention, we have implemented a total of 7 V2X features, one of them is called GLOSA (Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory). This feature consists on the vehicle talking to the traffic light. Because of that the car will know when the traffic light will change to green or red. With that information the car will recommend the driver the speed that needs to drive for getting a green light pass.

What first stirred your interest in this area?

To be fair, when I joined the V2X department a few years ago I did not know much about V2X, but once you start understanding the basic principles is when you realise the big potential and the big impact that will create to the automotive industry. It was at that moment when my passion to V2X started.

What skills and tools do you use on a daily basis?

I basically use different programing tools for creating the initial V2X prototypes. The good thing of the early prototypes in research is that we have to do everything. From wiring the V2X antennas to the roof of the car to designing, programing and testing the applications with cars in test tracks or public roads.

What applications do you foresee for this research?

I can see most of the applications that we have researched and trialled on the marked in the near future, because most of them are also being tested in other regions of the world by different car manufacturers. All will be determined by the penetration in the market of that technology, because some features needs a high percentage of cars equipped with that technology.

If there is such a thing, can you describe a typical day for you?

A typical day can be quite varied, because of the multidisciplinary tasks that we perform. Some days we focus on programing and simulating our algorithms and some others we spend the whole day driving around testing our system.

How did you get interested in engineering?

I think that my interest to engineering started when I was a kid. I remember playing infinite hours with Lego type of games, where as a kid you start training some engineering skills. After that I started to be interested in electronics and robotics and I guess that this passion for new technology brought me to where I am today.

What do you love most about working at Jaguar Land Rover?

If I have to choose one thing I would say the people that I have been lucky to work with. Working at Jaguar Land Rover gives you the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and I find this fascinating because everyone always has a different point of view. Being able to work with this cross cultural environment is something that really enriches me as a person.

What piece of advice would you give someone who is considering a job at Jaguar Land Rover?

I would say that in Jaguar Land Rover there are plenty of different jobs and roles, so the best thing is to choose to work on something that you like or you have passion for.

Early Careers, People, Powertrain, Research, Undergraduate, Who We Are

The real faces of JLR – Egheosa Ogbomo

My name is Egheosa Ogbomo and I am currently studying Mechanical Engineering at Warwick university.

I worked in the Powertrain Research department as part of the project management team during my summer at Jaguar. It was super exciting because I got to see how exactly JLR work to develop the niche and novel technology that makes their cars stand out from the competition!

Working with so many different stakeholders dramatically improved my teamwork skills and the nature of the project I worked on meant I took on a lot of technical knowledge too! Everyone I worked with was incredibly friendly and very supportive so I’d love to return to work with them again!

 

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People, Research

The real faces of JLR – Ayse Crossland

What drew you to this career area?

I first got introduced to Human Factors as I was doing my undergraduate degree in Manufacturing Engineering. I then followed onto do an MSc in Human Factors at the University of Nottingham and completed my project on Automotive Human Factors in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover. That’s when I knew I wanted to further my career in this area.

What’s the most exciting development you’ve witnessed in your sector since you started working in it?

Probably the developments in Automated Driving. Working in Research I’m lucky enough to witness some really cool technologies around Automated Driving that most probably a lot of people will not get to experience until these technologies become available to the public. It is definitely something I underestimate some days, the amount of exciting technologies we get to encounter on a regular basis that lots of other people don’t.

What aspect of your job did you struggle/have you struggled to get to grips with?

Working with different teams who have different expectations has definitely been the most challenging part of my job. When engaging with stakeholders one of the important things is managing people’s expectations. This is something I definitely appreciate more and more over time.

 

If you had the power to change anything within the STEM sector, what would that be?

More women in higher positions in companies! People always say that there aren’t as many women in certain industries compared to the number of men as there aren’t as many women who come from a STEM background. I think this is definitely changing and this can be reflected more in industry.

I would also get rid of the look of surprise on people’s faces when I tell them I’m an engineer which I still get from time to time to this day (sometimes even accompanied by “but you don’t look like an engineer”!).

Which of your personality traits makes you best suited to your job and this sector?

I believe I’m in a very lucky position having completed a Human Factors degree after an Engineering degree. An Engineering degree isn’t just about learning all the technical elements but I believe it teaches you a really useful way of thinking and approaching problem solving. I find this helps me communicate with the engineers in the company easily and also helps me with being able to bridge the gap between Human Factors and Engineering.

As a Human Factors specialist in the Human Machine Interaction team it’s my job to create the best user experience possible for our customers when they are interacting with the technologies in the vehicle. I like making the lives of the people around me easier in general and enjoy the fact that the focus of my job is people.

How do you make connections with others in the STEM community?

I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors and try to sustain connections with colleagues in this area through this. I also find conferences are a useful way to make new connections.

 

 

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Early Careers, People, Post-Graduate, Powertrain, Research

Joan Abdennebi – Postgraduate Engineer

Whilst studying MSc Automotive Engineering at ISAT University (France), I chose to write my Master’s Thesis  in Jaguar Land Rover’s Powertrain Research Department – Engine Simulation Team.

I was excited to be part of a key project; requiring focused skills and allowing me to apply and improve my Engineering knowledge. This was a great way to learn to deliver a project in accordance with time, cost and quality consideration and working with people from the industry, meant that my business behaviours and presentation skills also significantly improved.

I had undertaken a number of placements during my studies and the one at Jaguar Land Rover gave a good balance between my desires and motivation. I received all the support I needed from my manager in order to feel integrated, achieve my objectives and ultimately find a permanent role.

Once my Placement was complete; JLR offered me a role as Lead Engineer for the Simulation Development team, within the Performance, Efficiency and Driveability Department; a role which allowed me to further improve my interpersonal and technical skills. My objective was to improve fuel consumption and emissions simulation at vehicle level for the new Real Driving Emissions (RDE) legislation cycle and I even got the opportunity to act as Mentor to one of the newer Postgraduate Engineers.

I have recently moved to a new role within the Engine Programme team and am looking forward to the different challenges this will bring.

Starting my adventure as a Postgraduate in Jaguar Land Rover was the best decision I ever made for my career.

Early Careers, People, Post-Graduate, Powertrain, Research

David Añón – Postgraduate Engineer

As a part of the MSc Automotive Engineering at Cranfield University, I was given the opportunity of undertaking my Master’s Thesis in Jaguar Land Rover’s Powertrain Research Department. The main advantage of doing it in a research environment was that I was surrounded by experienced people, who are fully focused on developing the technology of the future in the automotive industry.

Most of my peers’ MSc theses of were purely theoretical, with no relation to real projects. In contrast; Jaguar Land Rover allowed me to work on a project which was key to the Business; facing real problems and finding effective and realistic solutions. The high standard of this team helped me strengthen my knowledge and apply first principles to my thesis, whilst taking both engineering criteria and scientific considerations into account.

Earlier this year; JLR went one step further by offering me a full time position and giving me the opportunity to become a part of the JLR family on a longer term basis. Having first gained experience in Powertrain Systems Engineering; I have now moved back to the Advanced Boosting Research Team and are working to develop the next generation of superchargers and turbochargers for use in JLR’s future engine designs.