I am currently working with the University of the Highlands and Islands as UHI’s first KTP Research Associate (Electronic Technologies) in Inverness, Scotland since December 2019. With InnovateUK, the National Trust for Scotland and KTP Centre North, I am working on an exciting and innovative project with UHI Inverness and Moray Colleges and NTS’ Mar Lodge Estate to overcome conservation issues using an engineering and design approach.
This involves many facets of engineering design including; PCB design with Eagle, 3D modelling with Solidworks/AutoCAD, 3D Printing and Embedded Programming in C. The Technical Aspects of this role are also coupled with Product Engineering and Operations work, which has brought me all over Scotland to meet with factors and project partners, who include; Balmoral, Torridon, John Muir’s Trust and Glen Tanar. This has allowed me to develop skills in project management, product development and technical sales.
Previously, I was a Design Engineer and Product Engineer with Entrotec in Livingston, Scotland from October 2017 to November 2019. With Entrotec, I was part of a team of innovative and specialist design engineers while also having the flexibility to conceptualise, design, produce and bring new products to market. Likewise, there I expanded my skills with ventures into 3D engineering design and 3D Rendering.
Before Entrotec, I studied towards my Bachelor of Engineering in Computer and Electronic Systems Engineering, eventually becoming an honours alumni of Glasgow Caledonian University in the specialization of Robotics and Mechatronics of which only myself and one other student graduated from in the summer of 2017.
My work experience during this time ranged from a number of different professions. These ranged from work with; DHL in Customer Integration Support, a 10 week robotics research and training internship at Hochschule Merseburg (Germany) and finally my work as a STEM ambassador/mentor with Glasgow Caledonian University working on projects such as Smart Stems and Routes for All.
As previously mentioned, I developed a passion for STEM education, outreach and presentations. I subsequently organised and provided Robotics workshops and helped students consider their options post-secondary school. At Entrotec, that passion continued as I organised engagement with the local academic community and continued some of the work I have previously accomplished in STEM outreach, successfully participating as a judge in the West Lothian Stem Olympics and various STEM fairs.
This website will also talk about the various skills which I have both gained and expanded upon during my work and education. These range from engineering skills such as; C and C++ programming, electrical circuit design, product design to softer skills like; presentation skills, communication skills and teaching skills.