What is your job title?

Professor of Applied Mathematics

Please describe your journey into STEM?

My STEM journey commenced at a young age. When I was 12, one of my teachers asked me what I wanted to do and I said I wanted to be a mathematician. I loved doing problems and it was much more pleasurable than writing essays. Along my route so many wonderful people have helped and pushed me along, Pamela Bernbaum, Prof. Frank Smith, Prof. Trevor Stuart, Prof. Mike Gaster, Prof. Philip Hall, Prof. Anatoly Ruban, that without them seeing something in me, I would not be here. Of course I cannot forget mum and dad where the maths genes come from.

What is a STEM-related question or challenge you would love to solve one day?

Solving the millennium-prize problem about the Navier-Stokes Equation would help make me rich and famous, but the ultimate problem that needs to be solved is to find a formula to make everyone happy.

Why do you think the Great Science Share for Schools is important?

There are so many big world challenging problems that we need to solve, cleaning up the environment, providing clean water, better health, etc, which need new ideas and people involved to help solve them. If the Great Science Share can help young people to become energised to go into science and engineering careers to help tackle these problems, it would be really great, and that it is why this is so important.

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