Lucas Aerospace; The University of Manchester
Lecturer in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
The University of Manchester
Lecturer in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Manchester
I am a lecturer in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Manchester. I teach students how to design and program embedded computing systems, like the Raspberry Pi, to solve everyday engineering challenges. I work with industry on the design of wireless communication and sensing systems, and I have recently joined a Faculty team to help design the new Engineering campus at Manchester.
My Typical Day
Teaching students how to solve real-world problems with embedded computing systems, working with industry to design wireless communication systems, and helping with the design of Manchester’s new engineering campus.
What's your favourite food?
Roast lamb with new potatoes
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Installing a wireless communication system on the top of electricity towers in the Cairngorms National Park
What did you want to be after you left school?
Jet engine designer
What's the best thing you've done as an engineer?
Working with enginering students – they are inspiring!
What or who inspired you to become an engineer?
If you weren't an engineer, what would you be?
A ranger in the Peak District National Park
Me doing the ‘day job’ – lecturing to first year students:
Another great part of the day job is to support students working with industry. Here is a photograph of a final year project team who worked with Rolls-Royce to develop a wireless sensing system:
It is a varied job – here I am building an wire mesh cage at a conference venue in the US. Do you recognise the person laughing?
The research side of the job is great fun too, but here is a real ‘get me out of here’ moment when we were installing a wireless communication system on overhead electricity transmission towers at The Lecht in the Cairngorms:
We went back to rescue the electronics a year later!