What is your job title?
Principal Systems Support Engineer, at Waters Corporation
Please describe your journey into STEM?
I always enjoyed science at school so studied Chemistry at University. I was really lucky to work for a major pharmaceutical company during my sandwich year.
They trained me in Analytical Chemistry and this really helped me get a job when I graduated.
I worked for several years for a pharmaceutical company, developing ways to test new medicines such as asthma inhalers, to ensure they are safe to sell.
My employer sponsored me to study for a Masters degree in Analytical Chemistry while I worked.
I then moved to a biotechnology company and tested peptides and proteins there before studying for a PhD in Mass Spectrometry.
Now I work solving problems as a support specialist at a Mass Spectrometry company. I love this job - a different brain teaser every day to work on and fix - helping our customers keep working and doing their job.
What is a STEM-related question or challenge you would love to solve one day?
If we could design cheap, efficient and sustainable batteries to store green energy indefinitely it would solve the earth's energy crisis and bring us back from the environmental disaster we are approaching.
Why do you think the Great Science Share for Schools is important?
We need our young, great minds to study STEM subjects and become the inventors and designers of our future. Anything that encourages young people to think of a career in STEM will help build our world into a better place.