I’m a Development Engineer for large industrial roll to roll machinery. I’ve grown up near manchester, achieved 2 Masters Degrees and love everything about Science, Space and Rockets! In my spare time enjoy computer games, photography & archery.
Learning “Physics with Space Technology” at university was good fun, i met some like-minded friends. To fund my 2nd degree in “Vacuum Engineering”; i worked in a Camera Shop, which was a great introduction to photography.
Space and Rockets was a keen interest, i thought i learnt everything about orbital mechanics at university, until i played the “Kerbal Space Program” computer game… my mind was blown!
As an Engineer with a Physics Degree, i have worked with installing science equipment around the world and now work on large industrial machinery used for coating battery materials.
my university degrees led me onto a industrial placement in vacuum coating machinery, here i was placed into a research and development team for new coating processes and was responsible for running a small laboratory.
Several years later i got a new job in south manchester at a mass spectrometry company, working on building and testing mass spectrometers in-house and then following them out to places all over the world for installation. later years i was travelling the globe full time (but 3 years of this and a young family takes its toll)
I then moved back to vacuum coating machinery thanks to previous contacts made, and i am now working on many exciting and top secret projects, in various fields such as; solar cells, semi-conductors and battery technologies. (just to name a few)
Working in industry is very fast paced and challenging, which keeps me from ever being bored at work.
My Typical Day:
Brews. Emails. Problem Solving. Running Machinery. Meetings. Using Lab Equipment. Testing Hardware. Developing prototypes.
About 30min drive to work, usually listen to youtube about some topic on Tesla or SpaceX. Morning Brew and discussions with colleagues then onto the project of the week, this can be varied from writing reports / research, to testing and running new hardware and equipment. sometimes there is travel out to customers where we help on-site.
What I'd do with the prize money:
Donate the money to very inspiring STEM youtubers.
Donating to Inspiring YouTubers, Such as;
Everyday Astronaut, “Bringing Space down to Earth for Everyday people”
Shevington High School, Wigan
Runshaw College, Leyland
University of Salford, Manchester
Master of Science (MSc)
“Vacuum Engineering and Applications” [Distinction]
Master of Physics (MPhys)
“Physics with Space Technology” [2:2]
3 A-Levels & 2 AS-Levels
Physics [B], Maths [C], Computing [D]
Science [AA], Maths [B], English [CC], Electronics [C], Statistics [C], Geography [C], German [D]
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How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Operating Vacuum Chambers
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Vastness of Space & Lego! led me to science and engineering
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
To be in Space! ...still time yet.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Usually for messing around too much (the experimentalist in me)
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Media Studies - Video Editing & Production
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Saw in Person, a SpaceX Rocket Launch & Landing (Soacom-1a)
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
I wish & hope that the world wakes up to climate change; Becomes a renewable sustainable civilisation and that we can also become a multi plantary species, set to explore that stars.
Tell us a joke.
A photon walks into a hotel and checks in. "Do you want a hand with your luggage?" asks the receptionist. "No thanks", replies the photon, "I’m travelling light".