Please tell us about your role at PNDC
I am involved in PNDC’s system control focus area, at present in requirements analysis. In collaboration with project partners and PNDC’s membership our aim is to understand the needs of this business area before developing more detailed requirement specifications and designs.
How long have you worked at PNDC?
At the time of publication, I have worked here for a grand total of four months and one week.
What was your background before joining PNDC?
Before joining PNDC, I was pursuing a PhD in condition monitoring technologies with a focus on HVDC systems (for high-capacity and often long-distance transmission), at the University of Strathclyde under the supervision of Professor Brian Stewart. I previously worked in software engineering for subsea control systems, following a Computer and Electronic Systems degree for which I was sponsored by one of PNDC’s foremost members.
What do you enjoy most about working at PNDC?
It is an exciting balance to work with a small, growing team while being supported by a wider university ecosystem. At the end of the day we are engineers, and in large organisations there can be a temptation to view engineering as a means to an end. As a workplace, PNDC not only speaks to the value of research and innovation but recognises that true progress occurs where the work is done, in response to a problem, and often on the workshop floor and test ground. I would struggle to overstate how refreshing it is to be invited to contribute ideas and to shape the projects we undertake as a research team.
What can we find you doing in your spare time?
I enjoy reading, and spending time outdoors where I am particularly drawn toward mountains and like to go hillwalking, skiing, and running.