Ryan Ladd

Students have been asking more about the Madagascar charity. Here's a link to their website -



I went to Kingdown School, Warminster, until 2000.


I went to the University of Bath from 2000 until 2005 where I studied Mechanical Engineering. I’m back there now doing research for my PhD.

Work History:

After university I went travelling for half a year, then started working in a bed factory. After a couple of years I moved to work for a company that makes diesel engine parts.


I work at the University of Bath.

Current Job:

Every morning I do website editing for the Faculty of Science and in the afternoons I do research in the Ocean Technologies lab.

Me and my work

I work in the Ocean Technologies laboratory at The University of Bath designing and researching submarines which swim like fish, turtles or birds like penguins!

My Typical Day

Every day seems different but my mornings start with my part time job as a web editor and then I’ll go to the laboratory or office to do some science in the afternoon!

What I'd do with the money

There’s a charity who are developing a computer that only costs a little more than £15, for use in developing countries. I’m thinking about donating the money to their organisation or possibly a charity who breed endangered animals from Madagascar, they have a great exhibition in Bath where they have some of the real animals! If you guys have an idea though, I’d love to hear it!

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

This is really difficult to answer! Suggestions from friends – “Really really tall” and “Wears only black”

Who is your favourite singer or band?

I like music which is unusual or different. I’m listening to Muse right now, the singer has a really unique voice.

What is the most fun thing you've done?

I lived in the swiss alps for three months. In the autumn I climbed up the mountains and in the winter I snow boarded down them!

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

Wishes are a dangerous thing! I’m not sure I’d ever be able to decide…. Um, 1000 wishes!?

What did you want to be after you left school?

I didn’t know and I still don’t! I just try to make the best choices at the time.

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Nothing really serious but my physics teacher once told me I intimidated him during lessons. I guess I was too tall!

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Whilst I really enjoy my own research, I consider my “best” science the work I do with others. It’s great to help younger students with their projects or other researchers with their problems.

Tell us a joke.

During the 1960s space-race, NASA invested a million dollars and months of research to develop a pen which would work in space. The Soviet Union gave their astronauts pencils!