1. Currently in London, enrolled in an MEng degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College, London
2. In my second year right now, so i can only speak of Part I of the course. With the exception of the mathematics lecturer, all the professors were great, and some were extremely funny. Facilities are quite good, as we have several windtunnels including a 60% tunnel made with Honda collaboration and also a supersonic tunnel. Labs are a bit dated and the windtunnel experiment we did involved a a computer at least 15 years old with only a floppy drive. other than that the fabrication facilities are great, and we have at least 1 autoclave large enough to create most F1 car bits.
They have Formula student here, but since the Mech engineers do it as part of their final year projects, anyone from outside mecheng only has a limited role in the design of the vehicle. You only get to help assemble and mess around with the older cars.
3. I'll rank the 1st year subjects:
- Aircraft Performance
- Structural Analysis
- Engineering Design (included learning how to use Pro/Engineer CAD software)
Somewhere in the middle:
Didn't like much:
- Mathematics (poor lecturers, course itself was something you could teach yourself from engineering mathematics textbooks)
Apparently Ferrari, among other teams have done plenty of research at imperial in the past. currently the honda tunnel, accoring to one of my lecturers, is in operation at 10-15% of its capacity, with f1 teams using it for model testing. The aero building is a bit outdated but the department will be moved into a brand new building as part of a £150+ million revampment plan by 2011, and there are big plans for the exhibition road area in the runup to the olympic games.
If you have any particular questions pertaining to imperial, feel free to pm me