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Intern’s Name: Adele Chabert

Scholarship: Postgraduate Timber Engineering Scholarship Programme 2015

Company: Edinburgh Napier University COCIS/Donaldson Timber Engineering

Job title: KTP Research Associate

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Research Associate at COCIS & DTE

Adele graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Civil and Timber Engineering from Edinburgh Napier University in 2014, and succeeded in securing a scholarship from Consolidated Timber Holdings Ltd. which enabled her to undertake a Masters in Timber Engineering as part of the University’s Postgraduate Timber Engineering Scholarship Programme in 2015.

At the end of her MSc, she was offered the possibility to work as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Research Associate with the Centre for Offside Construction + Innovative Structures (COCIS) and Donaldson Timber Engineering (DTE) in 2015. Her main project was to work on the product SafeStep designed by Donaldson Timber Engineering, and she worked in parallel on studies that involved comparing graded timber and the strength of different types of connections. This led her to develop new knowledge and helped her to improve her commercial awareness.

Both scholarship and employment, have been amazing opportunities for me to develop my knowledge and experiences in both academic and industrial world. It gave me an insight on both worlds and will certainly help in the future to choose a career path. The work done as a KTP, working mainly on the SafeStep product in partnership with Donaldson Timber Engineering allowed me to improve and develop an appreciation of the construction industry and of the impressive work managed by the team (COCIS).

Adele Chabert, Msc Timber Engineering, Edinburgh Napier University