Personal profile

Personal profile

I originally took a degree in chemistry, but ended up working in IT, mostly as a software developer in City-based roles on a contract basis.  The poor job market for IT professionals in the early 00s gave me a chance to work on a PhD which combined programming with chemistry, and I was lucky enough to be awarded an EPSRC grant to create computer simulations of certain chemical reactions, mostly using Kinetic Monte Carlo.  

The end of my PhD coincided with the fallout of the financial crash of 2007, so the potential postdoc disappeared, but I took a post in a Civil Service agency where I worked with data related to diseases in farm animals, particularly bovine TB and its possible connection with badgers.  I eventually retrained as a business analyst, and subsequently worked in a number of different companies, large and small and in various domains, and I tried to focus on data-related projects.

I decided to take the data side of things more seriously in 2018, so I came to RHUL and took the MSc in Data Science and Analytics in the Computer Science department.  I stayed on in a Teaching Fellow role, in which I acted as a TA for a number of courses, did lots of marking, recruited and managed undergraduate and postgraduate Teaching Assistants (2020-2021) and supervised third-year undergraduate Final Projects.  The project topics I supervised were “Advanced Web Development”, “Comparison of Machine Learning Algorithms” and “A Study in Human Computer Interaction”.

In June 2022, I moved over to Electrical Engineering to join another project where data are important.  I am currently a Post Doctoral Research Assistant on the EPSRC-funded Petras PrivIoT project. The part of the project on which I am working has the title "Understanding and Mitigating Privacy risks of IoT Homes with Demand-Side Management".

Educational background

Royal Holloway, University of London:   MSc in Data Science and Analytics, (Distinction, 2019)

Imperial College London: PhD in Chemical Engineering/Computational Chemistry (2009)

St. Hilda's College, Oxford University: MA in Natural Science - Chemistry

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

MSc (with Distinction), Data Science and Analytics, Royal Holloway, University of London

Sept 2018Sept 2019

Award Date: 1 Oct 2019

PhD, Kinetic Monte Carlo and Density Functional Theory applied to heterogeneously catalysed reactions having complex mechanisms, Imperial College London

Oct 2003Mar 2008

Award Date: 3 Dec 2009

MA, Natural Science - Chemistry, St Hilda's College, Oxford University