It was an amazing experience ... very thought provoking and also exciting ... Great to meet all the students and answer their questions .... and of course the amazing scientists I got to meet :) Well done Jack for making it to the top of the zone!
Outside the UK 🙂 Finished my basic education in 1998!
Queen Mary, University of London, MEng Communication Engineering (1999-2003), Queen Mary, University of London, PhD Electrical and Electronic Studies (2003-2007)
Queen Mary, University of London since 2003
I am a Lecturer who is passionate about teaching and learning and also researching the latest techniques to make our wireless life a better experience. Finding the best way for signals to get from one point to another, how they behave around humans and how to make them use less power for a greener future are few of my daily work activities. I enjoy communicating the latest research in science and engineering to young people and also the general public and I am an active communicator who goes around schools and events to promote science and engineering (geek squad on the road ;).
My Typical Day:
Addicted to emails so check emails first, check the latest news generally and specific to my field and then prove, test and apply!
I love answering emails and questions promptly because there is nothing better than an approachable and always available lecturer and educator (that’s what we are here for). I would then read general news and more specific ones about science and engineering. Usually I prepare lectures and notes for students and also workshops to enhance interactive communications skills. I am always enhancing my demos and props I use to demonstrate the main research we are doing on green and cooperative radios. Of course I am not going to forget the must have lunch breaks and COFFEE ones (although fresh juice is better for you :p)!! A couple of days a week I will go down to the big antennas lab we have and test or observe some of the experiments taking place. Then at the end check some more emails and go home sweet home and start googling on more news, science and engineering stuff and watch my favourite type of TV programmes which are documentaries.
What I'd do with the prize money:
Create a demonstration that I can take around with me to show people how we can apply maths to make energy efficient wireless devices.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Enthuisiastic, smiley and approachable!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Not much really
Who is your favourite singer or band?
No particular one but I generally listen to international music
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Big lab full of my favourite gadgets, travel the world and world peace (not really but more like fast cars and big house!)
Tell us a joke.
Sorry in advance if it is not really funny ;) but seriously I am really funny!! … Two snowmen are standing next to one another. One asks the other, “Hey, is it just me, or do you smell carrots, too?”