Programme start date: 16th September 2013
I studied Civil Engineering at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Initially, I enrolled for the Civil and Offshore Engineering course, however this was more focussed on the oil and gas industry than I wanted. I therefore transferred to Civil with Environmental Engineering, specialising in hydraulics and hydrology, graduating with an MEng in 2004.
I then worked for the multi-disciplinary consultancy Mott MacDonald for nine years. Initially based in Inverness, I worked on a range of flood risk assessment as well as river and coastal defence projects, in the UK and in Ireland. Seeking a change, I transferred internally to the small hydropower team based in Glasgow. There I was involved in range of project, primarily in Scotland, but also around the world. My key focus was the planning, design and consenting stages for run-of-river hydropower schemes of about 1MW capacity.
What attracted you to studying with IDCORE?
I have been considering further academic study for a number of years, however had not found the right topic with available funding. The IDCORE programme ties in well with my experience and my aspirations, and I was delighted to be offered a position.
What attracted you to offshore renewables industry?/ What aspects of the industry do you find most inspiring, interesting or important for the future?
The renewable energy sector provides an opportunity to contribute something towards a better future for society. The offshore element also involves working at the cutting edge of technology, pushing the boundaries of what is possible. I am most keen to work on wave and tidal technologies, as there is huge untapped potential. And after a slow start over the past decades, real progress is now being made at EMEC and elsewhere.
What ambition would you like to fulfil as a Research Engineer?
I think that both the study and research elements of the IDCORE programme will greatly assist me in my career goal of being a technical specialist, and will lead to many exciting future projects and opportunities.