As a way of introduction, I’m currently a PhD student at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. I’m part of the Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering in the EEE department there. I seem to spend most of my time programming, but I think I’m a frustrated mechanical engineer at heart. I’ve been tasked with looking at automated ultrasonic testing of composite aerospace components. I might go into this a bit more at some point in the future.

I find it all too easy to get caught up in the present and not realise how things have changed for the better.

I also went to the same university for my undergraduate degree, which was in electrical and mechanical engineering. I had the good fortune to be able to leave Scotland for a bit and called Singapore my home for 10 months. This was as part of a student exchange programme with Nanyang Technological University (NTU). The time I spent there was easily the best in my life. I’ve had some hard times as well, for example, for many years I found it difficult to leave the house at all. I find it all too easy to get caught up in the present and not realise how things have changed for the better.

G-VLUX, A350-1000 of Virgin Atlantic at Glasgow airport

Bruce Cowan, CC-BY SA 4.0

I’m a bit concerned about this all being a bit boastful, so here’s one of my favourite photographs. It not only illustrates a beautiful example of European engineering, but also my passions for aerospace and photography.