Did you have any role models when you were younger? What inspired you to do the job you’re doing now?
When I was younger my role model is Leonardo da Vinci. I had a poster of him and his mechanical inventions in my bedroom.
Any influential toys during childhood?
Lego, construction toys, cars, planes, kites, empty cardboard boxes.
Your favourite subjects at school?
Physics, chemistry, art.
During my GCSE-equivalent education I chose physics, chemistry, further mathematics, arts and computer science, along with other compulsory subjects like languages and history. During A-levels, I did physics, chemistry and maths.
Your reason for choosing this career?
To me engineering is exciting, diverse and dynamic. It allows us to drive innovation and it’s also a well-paid career.
Tell me about your career path to date?
BEng (Hons) Mechanical design engineering, MPhil Industrial Systems, Manufacture and Management, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Zalora, Manufacturing engineer at Rolls-Royce plc.
If you could have any job what would it be? How does it differ from what you’re doing?
If I could have any job I would like to work on something experimental and in its early stage of technology maturity that can have a big impact on society. My current role looks at improving current-state products and processes although there is an element of incorporating new tools and technology in it.
Your advice to a young person considering a career in STEM?
Explore your options and align your chosen field with your passion. There are a lot of careers and field in engineering that I didn’t know exist when I was younger, such as mechanical engineers who design props in the film industry, electrical engineers who develop and maintain the particle accelerator that smashes atoms together and test engineers who test aircrafts at extreme conditions.