RAL Space — Didcot
"I love exploring and wanted a job where I would be able to explore space"
What do you do in your job?
I manage a team of engineers who design, build and test robotic and autonomous systems for space and terrestrial applications.
If you had to summarise the impact your job has on everyday life – what would you say in two sentences?
Autonomous Systems have a wide range of applications both in space and on Earth. The technology my team and I develop can improve lives by allowing us to do and see things we couldn’t before.
What’s the best thing about your job?
It’s being able to tackle problems that no one else has resolved before. It’s challenging and can often be stressful, but it’s also varied and exciting. I can be working on a project to test instruments going to Mars or looking at using the same technology to improve the efficiency of farming practices in China.
What did you study at school?
At GCSE I did separate sciences, maths, English language and literature, music and languages. At A-level I studied maths, further maths, physics and chemistry. Then I did a degree in physics, a master’s in instrumentation systems and a doctorate in atmospheric physics.
What inspired you into a career in science/engineering?
I love exploring and wanted a job where I would be able to explore space. If I couldn’t go there, the next best thing is sending instruments and satellites to see what’s out there.
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