Ignacio Sevilla Sánchez, born in 1998 in Dénia, decided to study a degree in Aerospace Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Valencia because as a child he was already fascinated by the idea of reaching outer space. “I was curious about the technology behind it. Later, in the subject of High School Physics, taught by Professor Alberto Cabrera at the IES Sorts de la Mar de Dénia, I confirmed the idea of betting on this degree ”, explains the already UPV engineer.
Ignacio Sevilla is among the best graduates in Spain in Aerospace Engineering. Specifically in the third position, according to the ranking prepared by the Spanish Society of Academic Excellence (SEDEA). He had always been a brilliant student: he entered the career with an Extraordinary Award for Academic Performance in Secondary Education of the Valencian Community and a 13,71 out of 14 in the university entrance exams, which guaranteed him entry into the Group High Academic Performance of their degree, with teaching in English.
Relationships, the engine of growth
However, beyond academics, what Ignacio values most about his time at the UPV are "the friendships and relationships that develop in the university and that are the engine of personal and academic growth that accompanies your university stage". As for the teachers, he affirms that “all have contributed their grain of sand”, but highlights Marcos Carreres Talens, who taught him two subjects of the degree, specifically Aerospace Technology and Aircraft Maintenance; in addition, he was his tutor for the final degree project.
Ignacio highlights the support he received from his professor during the final stage of the degree, in which he participated in a research project of the CMT Institute - Thermal Engines of the UPV, with a collaboration grant in university departments of the Ministry of Education and Professional Training . “Marcos allowed me to get fully involved in this project, in a complicated stage at times due to the workload involved in taking the subjects at the same time as the project. He is someone important to me and he is aware of this, ”he emphasizes.
For his part, Professor Marcos Carreres describes Ignacio as a “magnificent student”. “Beyond the classes, I had the opportunity to tutor his TFG and a collaboration grant in our department. Ignacio has great initiative, he is one of those people who pushes you to redouble your dedication, not because he asks you for assistance in his tasks, but because through his own work and the clairvoyance he shows when communicating it forces you to improve yourself to progress together. I am convinced that he will make those around him better, whether they are colleagues, superiors or subordinates. For all this, I predict a great professional future for him ”.
One of the experiences that Ignacio remembers the most was his baptism of flight, through the EUROAVIA Valencia association: "For the first time you are at the controls of a plane and you really see the direct application of everything you have learned". He also recalls "all the practices in the Pedro Duque laboratory, I think those of us who study this degree remain recorded." Finally, his learning in the research project at the CMT Institute - Thermal Engines stands out, which consisted of a study for the optimization of the fuel injection process in aeronautical engines, in order to improve their efficiency and reduce the associated pollution: “I learned a lot during that year and I entered the dynamics of a research project that encompassed many areas and required knowledge of many tools, as well as spectacular coordination between different teams and institutions ”.
Near future in France
Ignacio Sevilla now wants to open up new international horizons: “In the next two years I will be doing a Double Degree program in France, at the ISAE-SUPAERO university in Toulouse, a world leading university in aeronautical training. This program will allow me to obtain a French degree at the same time as completing the Master's Degree in Aeronautical Engineering that I am doing here at the UPV. From there my idea is to take advantage of inertia to get to know the international market, get in touch with the world of work and learn everything I can from my stay abroad ”.