Congratulations Paige and hard luck Martin!
All sorts- I’ve worked in shops, in pubs and in call centres. I’ve also done engineering stuff/work, couple of years as a graduate engineer in medical devices, few years as a R & D engineer at an University.
I evaluate and develop device for testing artifical knees (joints) which can replace damaged natural knees.
University of Leeds
I am a Biomedical Engineer. And what I love about my work is I am able to use the skills I’ve learned from the school and onwards to ‘help save people’s lives’ and or ‘improve their health’
These are X-ray machines which are used for removing blockages in the heart/s.
For my masters degree, I worked on spotting out brain tumours from the MRI images of the brain. MRI brain images look similar to these.
For my PhD studies, I developed a device for improving muscle strength. For this, I looked at how our leg and arm muscles respond to various levels of vibration. Muscle signal which comes out of our body looks somewhat like this.
Now a days I work on developing artificial knees. I evaluate and develop device for testing artifical knees (joints) which can replace damaged natural knees. The machine I now work on looks similar to one in the video below.
My Typical Day: It is difficult to say as there is no typical day, everyday is different and exciting! I might spend some time in the Lab doing experiments, I might spend some time in front of computer preparing drawings or reading science behind the things I do.
What I'd do with the money
I would really like to organize hands on workshops at various schools. Workshops in which students can learn more about engineering by playing and experimenting and having fun!
I would like to set up hands on workshops which school kids will enjoy and have fun with! Workshops will be about engineering but especially about ‘biomedical engineering’. I believe not many school kids know ‘what biomedical engineering is and how fascinating it is?’
School kids will build mock devices, machines or body parts. They will become biomedical engineers and will solve problems faced in the real world by biomedical engineers. This way kids will learn ‘what biomedical is and how it works?’ Also, kids often come up with bright ideas and all sorts of interesting questions, engineers like us can learn a great deal from kids too!
In the end, students will be the judges of whether they liked the workshop. Students will decide what they would like the future workshops about? Best student engineer and engineering teams will win the prices (yes that’s you, school kids)! Student engineers from the winning team can get a chance to come and spend few hours in our Labs, speak to us, see what we actually do (I still need to get permission from our ‘Head of School/Institute’ on this, but this is the rough plan).
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Motivated, Curious, Honest
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Helped to build a device which helped to save many lives (device to repair clogged hearts).
What did you want to be after you left school?
Wanted to become an engineer but was not sure which one (mechanical, civil, etc?).
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Sometimes yes! for skipping classes….
Who is your favourite singer or band?
It is difficult to pick but I will go for ‘Johnny Cash’ or may be ‘Bob Dylan’.
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Roller coaster rides at Blackpool’s amusement park.