I went to school at CBC Boksburg, and to the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa
Matric (South African school leaving certificate), BSc Eng, MSc Eng, PhD in Electronics
24 years with a research company, then 3 years with a university in South Africa, and I've been at a university in Cornwall since 2017
Lecturer in robotic and automated mining
Camborne School of Mines, The University of Exeter
An electrical engineering working in mining
I live in Penryn, Cornwall with my family. I like kayak surfing when the weather is sunny and reading books when it is raining. My favourite fast food is a pastie.
I look for ways to build robots that can go into dangerous places instead of sending people.
My Typical Day: Every day is different. During term, I lecture, so I spend time preparing and then time presenting. Outside of term time, I work on robots.
What I'd do with the money
I'd build an robot companion to help me talk about engineering
I’d develop a 1.5m high robot with a base like a Segway, a face on a screen like an iPad and a pair of hands that could do cool things. It would follow me around and do what I told it to, for using when I visit schools and when people visit my university. We’d be a double act.
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Saw a tool that I designed and had built being used to solve problems in the real world.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
An engineering professor who came to my school when I was 16.
What was your favourite subject at school?
English, maths, science
What did you want to be after you left school?
A fighter pilot. That didn't work out.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Of course not! ;-)
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits (google him!)
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
an end to coronavirus; antigravity;
Tell us a joke.
What do you call a pig with laryngitis? Dis-gruntled