Putting the finishing touches to my profile ahead of the big day!
I was previously a Project Engineer for Siemens Rail Automation having come through their Graduate Scheme after University
The University of Bristol
I’m a PhD student in the field of Communications, looking at how to reduce interference from wireless devices
My Typical Day
I’m mostly at my desk working on simulations, otherwise I’m demonstrating in a lab or doing experiments there myself.
What I'd do with the money
£500 would be a great start to the war chest for a junior Science Café in Bristol. There’s one already for grown-ups but not for young people!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Persistent, pensive and determined!
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Standard Fare, but they broke up a few years back :-(
What's your favourite food?
I’m one of the few people I know who’ll eat a kebab sober.
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I’ve been snorkelling in a glacial lake in Iceland, where you could see the cracks between the tectonic plates of the Earth’s crust!
What did you want to be after you left school?
I think I’ve always wanted to be in Science or Engineering – my uncle is an Electronic Engineer so that might have biased me.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Not often – if I was it was because of my dress-sense (or lack thereof!) and attitude to homework. Do your homework kids, it pays off in the end!
What's the best thing you've done as an engineer?
Commissioning a working railway after three long years of planning and design work was really rewarding! I took the train back home afterwards so I even got to ride on it.
If you weren't an engineer, what would you be?
I tried blacksmithing the other week and really enjoyed it, would that count?
Tell us a joke.
What’s green, has four legs and if it fell on top of you would kill you? A snooker table.
I’ll admit it – I’m one of those ‘messy desk’ people! I spend most of the day there so it gets a pretty raw deal as far as furniture goes. There’s not much room for mementos so the only one that gets kept out is the satellite dish I got in a charity shop – it’s a satellite.. dish! Get it?!
I crack myself up.
Sometimes I can’t do what I need by simulation, so I need to take some measurements in the lab. We have an anechoic chamber here at the University, which is a special room lined with material that absorbs radio waves. This lets us do very precise measurements on antennas and equipment to prove that it performs as well as the makers say. Here’s a picture of an antenna I built being tested to see what directions it puts out waves in. You’ll notice it looks a bit like the rooms pop stars record their songs in – the material isn’t designed to absorb sound but it does a very good job – with the door closed it’s pitch dark and you can’t hear a thing!