1970s Class Notes

Alumni 1970s Class Notes
Steve Hill - alumni

Steve Hill joined Lucas Aerospace as a graduate engineer, where he was involved in developing some of the world’s first Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) Systems for Rolls Royce jet engines, technology that is fitted to most wide-bodied commercial jets flying across the world today. In 1995 he was appointed Engineering Manager to provide functional leadership to electronic design and specialist engineers. Then, in 2003, he was appointed engineering manager of the Hydro Mechanical Test facility, overseeing the design validation of fuel, pump, metering and actuation products that, along with the FADEC, comprise the fuel management system. In 2008 he moved into his current role of Aftermarket Technical Support Director, and, last year, celebrated 35 years’ continuous service with the company.

Mustaza Salim  runs and operates a private highway in Malaysia. Over a career spanning 36 years, he has served in both public and private sectors, mostly in infrastructure planning, construction and financing. He sits on the Boards of several private companies involved in construction and engineering. From 2010 to 2014 he was a council member of the Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia. He is also a founder member and Honorary Secretary of the Aston University Alumni Association Malaysia. He lives in Kuala Lumpur with his wife, and spends weekends on the golf course.

Sajid Shah is an unusual case amongst alumni as he was the first person to graduate from Aston with two undergraduate degrees. After graduation he became a Chartered Engineer in both the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Electrical Engineers, as well as obtaining an MA and a PhD. He has had a very exciting, challenging and interesting career which has encompassed a wide variety of roles in Asia, Europe, Africa and the USA. He is happily married to Seon Young and has a 20-year-old son called Laurent. Sajid writes: “Togetherwe have a very active social and family life and in our spare time we travel and play golf a lot”.

Richard Paling stayed local after gaining his degree and got his first job in Dartmouth Street, Birmingham. Eventually work took him down to West Sussex where he still lives with his wife. As an Operations Engineering Manager, Richard worked for various blue chip companies that ranged from tea processing and packing, batteries, food and toiletries. For the past decade, Richard has worked for multi-disciplinary consulting company, McLellan and Partners, as a Senior Manager responsible for business development and project delivery. The projects have ranged from steel works both in the UK and overseas, power generation and distribution schemes, district heating schemes, due diligence studies and feasibility studies in a variety of sectors. Richard has maintained a strong interest in Health and Safety at work and has acted a CDM Coordinator on UK construction and demolition sites.

Jo Donnelly did a PGCE in Science Education at the Chelsea College after graduating from Aston. Marrying an RAF officer, Jo went on to teach in various schools before she retrained as a Special Needs teacher and spent 12 years as Head of Special Needs at two different comprehensives. Now retired, she volunteers at a homelessness charity, as an Appropriate Adult with Mind, and as a case worker for SSAFA, a charity that supports the armed forces and their families. Jo (pictured in her homemade kimono) thoroughly enjoyed her time at Aston University, writing: “There were only about 30 of us on the course so we got really high quality teaching”.