Students have been asking more about the Madagascar charity. Here's a link to their website - http://lovelemurs.com/
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.
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.
Every morning I do website editing for the Faculty of Science and in the afternoons I do research in the Ocean Technologies lab.
I work at the University of Bath.
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 prize 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!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
This is really difficult to answer! Suggestions from friends – “Really really tall” and “Wears only black”
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
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.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Nothing really serious but my physics teacher once told me I intimidated him during lessons. I guess I was too tall!
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!?
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!