What’s the most unexpected thing about your job?
The sheer amount of variety of projects I worked on! By being an electronic engineer, I was able to design and build so many different things – from circuits for huge robotic machines measuring parts for the aerospace industry, to tiny encoders that can measure to a nanometre. I built a machine that uses electron quantum spin to detect organic material, like cancer. I even worked with surgeons and built an eye surgery evaluation system. I developed software defined networks for optical network communications in Japan. I worked in global multinational corporations with thousands of employees across the world, as well as small start-ups with less than 10 employees in the whole company. I travelled the world with my work and watched my projects come to life as real products. And I’ve only just explored one small section of engineering. It’s a truly varied and creative field to be in, the possibilities are endless!
Did you have any role models when you were younger? What inspired you to do the job you’re doing now?
People like Stephen Hawking and Einstein inspired me. I had heard of great scientists like Marie Curie too for example but was not taught about her work as much. I didn’t find out about other amazing scientists and engineers like Rosalind Franklin or Katherine Johnson until I was an adult. I didn’t know many engineers who represented me enough to be my role models growing up. So, I made it my mission to become my own role model.
Any Influential toys during childhood?
Don’t Buzz the Wire, Lego, Barbies, picture puzzles, Minesweeper, electronic/robotic kits, makeover and dress-up games, Connect 4
Your favourite subjects at school?
Maths, Art, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Arabic
MEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Your reason for choosing this career?
I remember looking at my TV as a child and realising that there aren’t little tiny people living inside it, but it was an electronic machine designed and built by people just like me. I thought it was magic and I wanted to be that magician.
Tell me about your career path to date?
iGCSEs at Victoria College in Alexandria, Egypt. A-Levels at Cathays high school in Wales. A degree in Electronic Engineering from Cardiff University with a year in industry at Intel Corporation and a masters research in Electron Spin Resonance, earning me an MEng. During university, I used every summer holiday to do a different engineering placement including in Japan with Fujitsu, working in a team of eye surgeons at CUROP, and working in a start-up company, Phytoponics, on connecting hydroponic crops to the internet as a step towards ending world hunger. Following my master’s, I joined Renishaw as an electronic design engineer.
If you could have any job what would it be? How does it differ from what you’re doing?
I love my job! I wouldn’t change it for anything else, but I would love to expand it into designing more electronics that will change our world, go into space, and save us from climate catastrophe.
Your advice to a young person considering a career in STEM?
That it’s OK to be your authentic self. You don’t have to feel like you need to change who you are or fit into a mould to be a successful engineer, scientist, or mathematician. There is no wrong or right way to look like one.