Thanks to all the students for that great experience and congrats to Stu! Well done! :) Students, please get in contact if there is anything you want to know or if you want to come and visit us with your class! :)
I did an internship at Vector Informatik in Germany where I developed software for communication in cars. I joined my current employer HSSMI in August 2014 where I started to work on a project in augmented reality.
Graduate Engineer / PhD Student
High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute (very catchy, I know) – a research institute located in the lovely Olympic Park in Stratford (London)
Graduate Engineer / PhD student researching into monitoring and model learning methods
I’m currently working as a Graduate Engineer. One of the projects I’m involved looks into how augmented reality can be used to facilitate manufacturing processes, but my main project, which is at the same time my PhD project, is focused around machine learning, artificial intelligence and so called agents (not James Bond, I’m afraid). We are considering buying a Lego train to test some of our ideas (and even if they don’t work, we can still keep the Lego train!).
My Typical Day: … starts with breakfast (most of the time porridge with honey, raisins and cinnamon).
On a typical day, I read a lot, I write a lot, and I talk a lot to create outcomes we need for projects and my PhD – I read a lot of papers other people have written on topics like machine learning and manufacturing, I write a lot of code and reports, and I talk a lot with my coworkers about ideas (and lunch). It is definitely more interesting that it sounds!
What I'd do with the money
Show students how current technologies are applied and used in manufacturing
I would like to invite students to visit our company here at the Olympic Park to show them some of the work we do and give them the chance to do some mini hands-on projects (using for example Lego) themselves. After that, we would visit an automotive company to see robots in action! I would hope to have an ongoing mentoring relationship between the students and my company to support and encourage in any way we can.
Additionally, I would like to buy a tablet and support a friend of mine from Germany working in Kenya. As their internet connection is not always the best, I would like to prepare lecture material they can use to learn more programming and directly test it on the tablet.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
amateur-baker, Disney-fan, spider-detesting
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Participating here in I’m an Engineer – Get me out of here! :)
What did you want to be after you left school?
Princess would have been nice ;)
Were you ever in trouble at school?
A friend of mine and I were not allowed to sit next to each other after we have been laughing too much in one of our lectures
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I would have liked to be a car interior designer
Who is your favourite singer or band?
The Beatles and I love rock music – but I’m currently listening to Ed Sheeran at work.
What's your favourite food?
A typical dish from the area in Germany where I am originally from – Linsen mit Spaetzle (followed by anything containing chocolate)
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Years ago, my mum and I went to a fun fair, where helicopter rides were offered. My mum asked if we should go for one, to which I happily agreed – unfortunately for her she was only joking. I really enjoyed it though!
Tell us a joke.
Q. Why was 6 afraid of 7? ————— A. Because 7 8 9.