Aidan Kiely – MEng Computer Systems and Electronics (Applied Environmental Engineering) in Patnership with Power and Water


Aidan Kiely was one of the first three graduates to complete the MEng Computer Systems and Electronics (Applied Environmental Engineering) with a First Class Honors.

There has long been a demand in industry for the computer expert who can understand the hardware, software and communications aspect of computer and electronic systems. All of these skills were put into practice on the programme. 

The Masters of Engineering in Applied Environmental Engineering is in partnership with the company, Power and Water for students to work on real-life projects, building solutions that will be taken all over the world.

Power and Water take Environmental problems like spills, acid rain, stuff leaking out of mines and build solutions. 

This Integrated Masters qualification gave Aidan the opportunity to progress from undergraduate to master's level within one integrated programme. This gave the opportunity to explore the subject of advanced water treatment technologies and how they can benefit the world and different countries that need more clean and safe water. 

Aidan said: "Last year we were going to leave with a Bachelors of Engineering but now we get to leave with a Masters of Engineering which is a lot more highly regarded than a Bachelors so we are hoping that it won’t only just open doors in the electronic engineering department but also have more doors open to us for water treatment and renewable technologies."

Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, Professor Stephen Hole said "Power and Water came to talk with the School of Applied Computing about two years ago. Small Company based up on the Enterprise Zone, lots of ideas. They wanted to work with the University and our students so that they could take some of the ideas that may or may not develop into a product and test them out."

We caught up with Aidan to ask him some questions:

What areas in Computing are important?

I'd have to say most levels of programming were important for my course and the understanding of Assembly language, which in itself is quite basic but can be used to perform quite complex instructions. That and the basics of computing are always essential.

What is the best thing about your course?

My course started as BSc (Hons) Computer Systems and Electronics but when I changed over to the MEng for Applied Environmental Engineering the best thing was the new discipline and the topics that came with it. I personally enjoyed the Water Treatment side of things and it's changed my enthusiasm towards the industry, combined with my interest in Electronics of course!

What were your lecturers like?

Throughout the BEng years and MEng years I had a great spread of lecturers who were always up for a laugh and always got the content across, but I'd have to say without Dr Gary Jones at the Electronics department I wouldn't be where I am today. He's been a massive help for myself and I know many other students that he's taught would agree with me!

How did it feel being told you had a First Class Honours Degree?

I was over the moon knowing that all the hard work that I'd put in to university the last 4 years all paid off and that I can leave UWTSD with a great accomplishment.

How did you do it? Any tips?

A good tip for university would be to make sure you always give it your best and don't give up so easily. You can always surprise yourself about how much you know when you sit down and give it a real go. But it might not work all the time, so don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it! As long as you're not expecting it to be done for you that is!

Why did you choose to study in Swansea?

I chose Swansea because it was close to home and I always said I'd go to an university closer to home. I chose UWTSD specifically because I knew that there would be more potential for contact time with lecturers and I feel that I've made some good relationships with majority of my lecturers during my time here. 

Where next for you?

I'm hoping to gain some experience in the Water Treatment Engineering job sector if at all possible, and in future years I'm considering looking at a PhD in the field. Who knows, I could end up back in Swansea as a lecturer in the years to come!