Degree and university: MEng Engineering Science, University of Oxford
Job title:Senior Research Associate
What do you actually do?
I devise ways to assess how healthy a patient’s brain is using images taken in an MRI scanner.
What skills do you need to do that?
Strong maths and physics knowledge, enthusiasm for problem solving, patience when dealing with
complex or unusual problems, desire to keep on learning new things.
How did you know you wanted a career in engineering?
I’ve always enjoyed solving problems, so that was a big part of my decision, plus the opportunity to produce a solution that could then benefit other people.
What would you like to be doing in ten years time?
Keep on doing research, hopefully with a whole new set of problems to solve and new applications to put the result to.
What’s the best thing about your job?
I get to apply my engineering knowledge to a whole range of interesting medical applications, with a lot of freedom to pursue all sorts of interesting problems.
Undertaking research really means trying to do things that no one has ever done before – it can take a lot longer than you would like to solve something that seems so easy when you first think of it.
What advice would you give new graduates who want a career in engineering?
Look at the huge number of career options that are now possible with engineering, but don’t feel you need to decide very early on. Make the most of the chance to get some good maths skills, but always be prepared to keep on learning new things.