Team Spotlight: Carla Pelligra / Product Design Engineering Intern

Our amazing staff are more comfortable getting excited by new design challenges, than beating their own drum. So in this series, we turn the spotlight on our team to give you an insight into how they each tick. Our latest feature is on Carla Pelligra, our new engineering IBL for 2020.

Carla began studying PDE at Swinburne University in 2017, and is now embarking on a IBL placement at Cobalt as she enters her fourth year of study. But what else is there to Carla?

Favourite part of studying PDE so far?

I love how I get to design and create a product from scratch. The feeling of holding a physical product or idea that came to fruition and you can say ‘I made this is’, is amazing.

Niftiest thing you’ve learnt at Cobalt recently?

I have only been at Cobalt for less than a week but I am currently learning how to efficiently and properly use Solid Works, including the do’s and don’ts which I am really keen to learn.

Other general interests outside of work?

I play senior soccer for Keilor Park, which allows me to have my consistent dose of Nutella and not feel as guilty about it. I also play the violin and piano, so I love to jump on the instruments when I get a chance and create songs. I love watching the footy so I can’t wait for the season to start again, and I’m a sucker for sunsets, so I love taking photos of it! I also love getting out and about in the garden; nature makes me happy 🙂

Coolest home-brew product or project?

I guess the coolest home brew product that I’ve made would be a coffee table made out of steel and wood, which our TV now sits on.

Hidden talent?

I can actually water divine, so using two L-shaped metal rods I can find water… I know this sounds bizarre but I’ve tested it multiple times and it just works for me.  Also I’m pretty good at Mario kart, not going to lie.

What did you want to be growing up?

I really wanted to be a spy for a while (I’m not joking), but then afterwards I loved writing stories; so I think a fictional writer would have suited me well.

If you had one superpower what would it be?

To travel in space with no need for a spacesuit and to do this faster than the speed of light. That way I can explore galaxies, planets, stars and see events that are happening light years away (and I guess see if there is other life out there!).

If you could take one thing to a desert island what would it be?

I would have to bring my dog Charlie!

Best piece of advice for other students?

Keep exploring things that you are passionate or curious about. Ask heaps of questions and don’t be afraid to ask ones that you think may be silly; otherwise you will never get an answer. There have been times in the past where I didn’t ask questions out of fear of looking dumb, but we can’t know everything and we are always learning so don’t be scared.

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