Where did you do your last degree and what subject was it in?
Mechanical Engineering at Newcastle University
What was your final year or Masters project?
Wave Propagation in Periodic Strings. This was a project modelling and analysing the behaviour of periodic strings under various conditions.
Why did you choose quantum engineering ?
Quantum Systems Engineering was especially attractive to me as I wanted to apply the skill sets I have gained through engineering but in a field which would allow me to develop a deep understanding of the underlying physics that enable modern and emerging technologies. I was also excited by the possibilities and opportunities the next “quantum revolution” will provide.
What are your research interests?
Coming to the course having never previously studied Quantum Mechanics I had no initial research interests! However, I am really looking forward to developing my interests through a mixture of the courses we take and my own reading as well as speaking to various academics about their work.
Why did you decided to do a PhD?
After completing my undergraduate degree, I went on to work in industry for a small company as a graduate engineer. However, I found the role to not be suited to my particular skills and interests - especially my passion for research. It is this love of learning and interest in physics and mathematics that has led me to take a PhD in Quantum Systems Engineering.
What did you choose the CDT route?
The CDT approach to undertaking a PhD was a massive draw to me. Having been out of academia for a couple of years and having never studied quantum mechanics before; the 1+3 structure means that during the MSc year I am able to easily transition into the academic environment whilst at the same time developing the skills I need to be a successful researcher and quantum engineer. The benefits of being part of a cohort are easily seen on a daily basis, as we help and learn from each other, having fun along the way.
Alongside the world class teaching and research at the university, the support structure for this course at Imperial is exceptional. The hub supports us at every possible opportunity they can, ranging from such things as ensuring we have excellent learning resources to providing weekly lunches where we can socialise as a cohort with the course staff.
What you would like to do after your PhD?
Currently, I have no strict plan with regards to what I’d like to do after my PhD. I believe this to be a good thing as I feel throughout the course as I will learn a great deal more about the quantum technology industry, as well as academia.
What are your hobbies and other interests?
Playing guitar, Olympic weightlifting , Supporting Newcastle United