so many questions!
EducationWood Green School, Witney (2000-2007), University of Oxford (2007-2010), and UCL (2011-2012)
QualificationsBA in Physics, MSc in Astrophysics
Current JobDeveloping a cloud
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (https://www.stfc.ac.uk/3060.aspx)
Favourite thing to do in my job: I really enjoy travelling to new places and meeting new people and hearing about the work they do,
My Work: Developing computer systems to handle large quantities of science data
I work in the Scientific Computing Department (http://www.stfc.ac.uk/scd/) at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, part of the STFC. The team I work with maintain systems to store and process the vast amounts of data generated by the Large Hadron collider at CERN.
I’m personally working to develop a Cloud system to run virtual machines. I am also involved in the running of the trade union at the lab and take part in a number of outreach activities – encouraging the public (particularly younger people) to engage with science & engineering.
What I'd do with the prize money: Raspberry Pis & Arduinos
I’d buy raspberry pies and Arduinos and use them to help me and others from by department to teach the public about computer coding and electronics.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Geeky Musical Curious
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Not really, I was a little bit of a teacher pet. I overslept a few times.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I think Engineering looks like a really interesting career
Who is your favourite singer or band?
I like a lot of different genres of music. Lately I’ve been listening to First Aid Kit a lot
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I recently travelled to Hong Kong from my local Train station, entirely by train.
Tell us a joke.
Heisenberg was driving along the Autobahn when he was pulled over by a police officer. The Police officer asked him “do you know how fast you were going”, he replied: “No, but I know exactly where I was!”