Ah well. I've absolutely loved it! Thanks for all your tough questions! My keyboard has sufficiently worn out!
I started working as a shop assistant when I was completing my undergraduate degree. Now I work at the university as a researcher.
Biomedical Engineering, University of Strathclyde
I work at the university to design and develop medical devices for the heart.
I work building artificial heart valves (they control blood in the heart). When someone has a faulty heart valve, they’re not getting enough blood to the body. That makes them faint or get out of breath very quickly. Sometimes, they can’t even walk up the stairs. If the valve isn’t fixed, the person can die from these problems.
Giving a sick patient an artificial heart valve can save their life. I do a lot of research in designing a valve so it can make someone better. I use computers to draw the valves and test valves in a laboratory. I can also use 3D printing to build them.
My Typical Day
A typical day will include teaching, supervising students, computer modelling and lots of coffee and chocolate.
What I'd do with the money
I would use it to buy working models of the heart for school visits and exhibitions.
With the money I can build working models of the heart using 3D printing. It will include a pump and working heart valves to show how the blood goes around the body. Students can have a go at making the heart beat faster or slower as well as see what happens when a valve is broken.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Happy, friendly, and energetic.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Too many to pin down…it ranges from rock to classical to movie soundtracks. If I had to list one, maybe Simon and Garfunkel
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Go Ape and running 10K
What did you want to be after you left school?
I liked designing and building things but I didn’t know that was called ‘engineering’ until later!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
What's the best thing you've done as an engineer?
Went to China to talk about my work…and got to climb the Great Wall
If you weren't an engineer, what would you be?
A heart surgeon. I think heart surgery is so fascinating…but I think my hands may be too shakey!
Tell us a joke.
Q: Which program do Jedi use to open PDF files? A: Adobe Wan Kenobi
You can find really cool photos and descriptions of the work that we do, on our website here: Biomedical Engineering