I went to secondary school and 6th Form at The Grange School in Bristol. I then studied Aerospace Engineering at Swansea University and graduated in 2011.
11 GCSEs, 3 A-Levels (+ 1 AS level), BEng Aerospace Engineering, IEng
My first job was working in the Medical Records office of my local Hospital where I filled documents. After that, I worked in a local convience store behind the till and stocking shelves. After finishing University in 2011, I started work at Atkins where I've been for over 8 and a half years.
Hi! I'm an Aerospace Engineer with Atkins and use maths, physics and logic to solve real world problems
I am originally from Bristol but now live in Glasgow with my Girlfriend. We have 2 kittens called Tsuki and Hoshi. In my spare time I like to play video games and build computers. My favorite TV show is Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
How I Use Maths In My Job:
I use lots of maths in my job as an Aerospace Engineer, such as
I need to use these (and a lot more) to solve problems that our clients come to us with.This can be making plane wings stay on or looking at how a satellite will vibrate and shake during a rocket launch!
- Fractions, Decimals & Percentages
- Ratio & Proportion
- Geometry & Measurement
I use maths to solve engineering problems such making aircraft wings stay on or looking at how a satellite will vibrate during a rocket launch!
As an engineer, I use maths to solve problems that our clients come to us with. During my time with Atkins, I have worked on several large projects:
- Structural analysis of the wings of several types of aeroplanes (A321, A330, A350). This means that I used maths and calculations to ensure that aeroplane wings dont break off.
- Vibration analysis of a Satellite. I used computer models to assess how a satellite would vibrate during a rocket launch to make sure nothing would break.
- I’ve helped design Air-to-Air Refueling Tanker Aeroplanes that refuel military fighter jets.
- I designed of Airplane Galleys (Kitchens). I had to make sure that the galley would fit into the aeroplane and be able to attached at the right points.
- I’ve also worked on non-Aerospace projects such submarines and power stations.
My Typical Day
It depends on the project that I'm working on. It could be processing large amounts of data in Excel. Running computer simulations of wing structures.
My typical day depends on what project I’m currently working on.If it is a piece of analysis work, I will usually use Microsoft Excel to perform calculations to work out if the aeroplane structure that I’m looking at with break or not. Once I’ve finished the analysis (which could take several weeks depending on how complicated it is), I have to write a report detailing the answers and my workings much like one of your school reports that you write.I often have to give presentations to our clients to present the solution to the problem that they came to us with. I also video call Atkins’ other offices in the UK , Europe, India and the USA.If I’m building a computer model to assess something like a rocket launch, then I’ll be using modelling software to build a virtual replica of the satellite so we can see how it will react without having to break the real thing.Being part of an Engineering Consultancy such as Atkins means that I get lots of different problems to solve and I have to use different mathematics for every problem that I solve.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Nerd, Logical, Shy
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Concorde (the supersonic passenger plane)
What's your favourite use for maths in everyday life?
Computers and Aircraft
What did you think about Maths when you were in school?
It was one of my favorite subjects
What did you want to be after you left school?
I didn't know what I wanted to do after my GCSEs. So I did my A-Levels in the subjects I liked (Maths, Physics and Product Design). While doing these, I looked a what University courses interested me and would use what I was learning.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I would love to be a Pilot
Who is your favourite singer or band?
I dont think I have one, I like a mix of artists such as TWICE, The Lonely Island, Linkin Park, Feeder and Paramore
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Travelling around Japan with my Girlfriend for 3 weeks
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Longer Weekends, My own private plane to fly and Two Kittens (but im getting these soon)
Tell us a joke.
There are 10 types of people in this world, those who understand binary and those who don't