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Babcock Defence Systems Technology
I use technology to solve difficult problems in the defence sector where I work on some of the most complex machines ever built.
I am a relatively new type of engineer called a roboticist. I have to be able to work with computers, software, machines and all the bits in between. I currently work in defence on a large military communications project. It’s a bit like building our own personal internet! It has all the components of the existing internet but allows us to send very personal information without anyone else being able to listen in.
My Typical Day
Writing software and crawling around in server racks.
I don’t really have a “typical” day, that’s what I love about being an engineer so much. Because roboticists are still quite new to mainstream engineering, a lot of the people I work with don’t really understand what it is that I do! This is a bonus because it gives me a lot of freedom to define my job role. And who wouldn’t want to have that sort of freedom at work! Some of the most enjoyable days are when an unexpected problem crops up and we all have to use our skills to solve it.
What I'd do with the money
Create a really fun robotics session to run in schools
I would love to create a really fun robotics program to run in schools. Robotics isn’t just about building a little buggy and then programming it to follow a line on the floor! The true power and usefulness of robotics is when it is put to work solving some tasks that needs to be done. I would design a session where children identify something that a robot could do (better!) in their school. This could be a robot that recognises the faces of people as they enter the school and allows us to track who is in the building – very good for security. This is called “Computer Vision” and it is a bit part of robotics. This is just an example but I would like the children to suggest what they want to see a robot do in their school.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Crazy, unconventional, curious.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
The Airborne Toxic Event
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Mountain biking down an Austria ski slope in the summer.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
What's the best thing you've done as an engineer?
Travelled to Norway for work.
If you weren't an engineer, what would you be?
Tell us a joke.
What did one robot say to another robot? 0110010011101010!