Newent School 1991-1998, University of Bath in 1998-2005
BSc, PhD in Physics
Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology, BAE systems
I am a scientist working at the Bristol Robotics Lab
I went to school and 6th form in Gloucestershire and then went to the University of Bath where i did Physics and Engineering. I loved discovering the rules that governed the universe and how we could use those to create new technologies.
I work with robots that can help people!
I’ve used my understanding of computers, maths and physics to allow me to program robots. I have been programming the robots to help people get dressed so that one day they might be able to help people who really need it, like my Nan!
My Typical Day
Some reading, working on some type of code at my computer or designing experiments.
I usually try to read for at least one hour each day, either a textbook chapter, a scientific paper or some other scientific literature. I may have 2-3 meetings per week, either helping MSc or PhD students or meeting with my manager. I am currently working with people in other countries and so I usually have 1-2 skype calls per week with my international colleagues. I usually try and write every day too, even if it is just for 30 minutes, a lot of my work involved telling other people (scientists and general public) about my work to help other people learn from what I have been working on. I also do experiments with my robots, record the data and analyse it using various codes (matlab and python). I usually go running on wednesday lunchtimes with some friends and often meet with friends and visitors showing them around the lab.
What I'd do with the money
Get a group of aspiring roboticists to come and visit the laboratory and come and see what it's like.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
cool coding cucumber
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
made things that work and others find useful
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
technics lego probably has a lot to answer for!
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
jet fighter pilot
Were you ever in trouble at school?
a few times
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
graphic designer or something creative
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If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
go into space! owning a french castle and having a cat with human level intelligence
Tell us a joke.
What is the name of the first electricity detective? Sherlock Ohms