I mainly work at the University of Bristol, but have a few sidelines too.
Here are some links to things I’ve worked on that I think are pretty cool.
- PhD research involved making giant robots pretend to be aeroplanes – using a relative motion robotics rig to test sensors and control systems for formation flight and aerial refuelling.
- Current work is with quadcopter/drone applications and autonomy.
- I also help my brother do clever things with birds and drones with his company 101 Environmental.
- Trained with Teach First, aiming to address educational inequality in the UK.
- Taught science/physics at two secondary schools, Wembley High and King Solomon Academy, alongside some total rockstar colleagues (shout out to Mr Douglas and Mr Reddy, or should I say Baz Wynter?).
- Currently lecturing Engineering at the University of Bristol, trialling innovative teaching methods, widening the diversity of our student base, and increasingly taking on strategic roles.
- Also leading on partnerships for student projects and competitions, including Airbus Drone Dash and Aardman/Grand Appeal/Gromit Unleashed Trailblazers.
- Google Science Fair - preliminary and semi-final judge, and scientific accuracy checker, in every competition since its inception in 2011.
- STEM Crew, Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing’s educational programme - web and classroom resource development for the America’s Cup team, and work on the grand opening of their ‘Tech Deck’ including teaching the Duchess of Cornwall some science!
- BP Educational Service - wide range of secondary school web and print resource development.
- EDF Energy - The Pod - national Waste Week sustainability activities - classroom and online.
- RNLI educational resources - interactive STEM activities about their new lifeboat.
- The Cosmic Shed: science fact, science fiction, and everything in between - an excellent podcast, featuring guests including BBC Planet Earth 2 producers, astronauts, and Benedict Cumberbatch!
- A wide range of engineering experience sessions with the SS Great Britain’s Future Brunels programme.
- Various media appearances including BCfm’s Love and Science, and BBC local radio. A couple of ‘proper’ TV appearances including Motor Morphers, by the same team as Scrapheap Challenge.
- Hanging out with astronaut Tim Peake, whilst he was on the International Space Station…
- Campaign Manager for Elsa Hammond’s 2014 Pacific Solo Row - £100k multi-year project, supporting Plastic Oceans and The Great Initiative. Really proud of our great crowdfunding campaign and logistical fabulousness.
Anyone want an ocean rowing boat? One careful owner.Now in the care of the fantastic Damian Browne.