Degree/university: Surveying and mapping science, Newcastle University. He has just completed a viva for PhD in geomatics also at Newcastle.
Year of degree graduation: 2001
Occupation: A Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) associate – working at Scott Wilson. He has been offered a permanent job.
What do you do in your job?
I am developing and deploying unmanned airborne vehicles for civil engineering application. Basically, they are large model aeroplanes with digital cameras, GPS and INS positioning sensors, altimeters, and data logging equipment. The data collected is then used to create maps, provide aerial surveillance, monitor change etc. There is no such thing as a typical day, but most days are spent working with aircraft maintenance, sensor integration and flight logistics.
What was your motivation in applying?
There is a close similarity between what I did as part of my PhD with the KTP job. The position was advertised and number of people I worked with at Newcastle forwarded it on to me. I thought working with KTP would give me a good foundation and fast-track into the world of business and management.
What did the application process involve?
I just submitted a CV and covering letter – it was as simple as that. The interview was more daunting. I was interviewed by five people, had to give a presentation, sit a written test. There were about 30 or 35 people who applied for the position and four were interviewed.
What do you enjoy about your job?
The variety – definitely. As well as the challenges, there are plenty of them and it’s not just office-based.
Most challenging part of your job?
The weather! You also have to cope with change and uncertainty.
Advice to readers considering a career in your field:
Finish your PhD before starting a KTP. Fitting in corrections and other things around working life is demanding. KTP takes a lot of time and commitment, but it is worth it.