What’s the most unexpected thing about your job?
Some people find it difficult to accept that the boundaries between classical disciplines of science and engineering are getting fuzzier.
Did you have any role models when you were younger? What inspired you to do the job you’re doing now?
Yes, my maths and physics teachers in school were my role models when I was younger. They encouraged me to find out the answers to my questions on how things work.
Any influential toys during childhood?
I loved playing with my electromagnetic set, which had batteries, magnets, iron filings, a fan, motor, light bulbs and a breadboard.
Your favourite subjects at school?
Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Art.
A-levels equivalent to Maths, Physics and Chemistry, BEng in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, MASc in Engineering Physics and a PhD in Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
Your reason for choosing this career?
I chose this career because I like the challenge of solving problems and learning new skills/ concepts.
Tell me about your career path to date?
I completed a BEng from Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), MASc from McMaster University (Canada) and PhD from University of Manchester (UK). I was a lecturer in Analytical Science at the University of Hull (UK) between 2014 and 2016, and am now a Senior Lecturer at University of Birmingham.
If you could have any job what would it be? How does it differ from what you’re doing?
If I would not have been scientist, I would have liked to become a veterinarian because I like animals. I would not have been a very good veterinarian though because I get terribly upset when I see sick animals.
Your advice to a young person considering a career in STEM?
Don’t be afraid to tinker with things and try out your ideas.