One of my first experiences of making was building a radio controlled car with my father. Growing up I was always taking things apart to see how they worked and then trying to put them back together again. I was lucky to have some great teachers who taught us all the skills we needed to build and race bikes including cutting and welding the metal frames. It’s something that has stayed with me as my design skills have improved. As a keen mountain biker I’m now designing and making 3D printed parts that I use in competitions.
I chose to study product design because I wanted to understand how and why things worked and how to design for manufacture. As Head of the Surgical and Prosthetic Design team I love the mix of day to day problem solving for our clients as well as the longer term impact of our research on healthcare providers. Working on such a diverse range of problems with interesting people from industrial, clinical and academic backgrounds means it never gets boring. There is always something new to learn.