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William Scott-Jackson

What a fantastic event! The real winners are the students and teachers the scientists and engineers inspired!

My CV

Education:

Studied for my MEng at The University of Leicester. Studied for A levels at Sandown High School on the Isle of Wight

Qualifications:

MEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering, A levels in Physics and Systems and Control Technology, AS levels in Maths and Business. GCSEs: 5 A’s and 5 B’s.

Work History:

Culvertronic LTD. whilst I was in training and my full time job is now at the University of Surrey

Current Job:

Post Graduate Reseacher i.e. PhD student.

Employer:

Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing, Department of Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Physics Sciences, University of Surrey

Me and my work

Electronic Engineer using 3D vision to correct for breathing motion during lung cancer treatment planning.

I’m a PhD student at the University of Surrey within the Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing. I graduated from the University of Leicester with an MEng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering and was awarded a prize for being the highest achieving student among my peers.

My research is in PET imaging where patients breathing during a scan can cause severe problems with the image quality (like leaving your camera exposure on too long). I’m currently using Kinect to watch a patient’s breathing motion and using that information to correct the data that comes directly off a scan.

If I’m not in my office I’m getting involved in various widening participation and engagement activities with other young people interested in the engineering sciences.

My Typical Day

Email, coffee, science, programming, analysis, teaching, repeat….

My typical day depends on the day in which you ask me! First thing I do most days when I get in is sit down check emails, guzzle myself a coffee and get cracking! Most days I’ll be at my desk, writing code to handle medical imaging data, process it, analyse it and generally help me with my research. If I’m not busy handling existing data, then I’m at a nearby hospital gathering more new data! Given how little time we get up there as other patients need the scanner, we have to carefully plan our experiments and arrive bright and early that morning raring to go and get everything set up as quick as possible! We go in with all of our equipment, cameras, laptop etc. and get it set up as quick as possible and perform the experiment!

If I’m not researching then I’m engaging with young people of various ages at various stages through their careers. I go to schools frequently to help young people learn computer programming while supporting their teachers as they adapt to the new Computer curriculum schools are required to teach now.

What I'd do with the money

Invest in resources to further improve my Coding Club

A lot of the engagement I participate in is through a Coding Club that I help run at the University of Surrey. I frequently go out to schools to help teachers and pupils alike learn the art of computer programming. However we do not have a health of resources at our disposal so I’m limited in what type of content I can deliver to people or the amount of people I can deliver to at any one time.

If I were to win, I’d use the money to invest in some additional resources such as Arduino kits and Raspberry Pi kits which I can use to deliver more innovative and exciting sessions and also teach more people at once.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Scientist, Learning, Teaching

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Dave Grohl

What's your favourite food?

Sushi!

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Hard to say, something outside and frinetic like paintballing or quadbiking.

What did you want to be after you left school?

I almost wanted to be an Electrician, then I aimed to be an engineer!

Were you ever in trouble at school?

More times than I’m willing to admit

What was your favourite subject at school?

It’s a coin flip between Physics and Electronics; both are equally fascinating!

What's the best thing you've done as an engineer?

Engaging with young people interested in science. Hearing positive feedback and having young people tell me they’re now inspired to persue a career in engineering means the world to me.

If you weren't an engineer, what would you be?

Video games developer or Musician; I’ve loved to have been involved in creative technologies.

Tell us a joke.

There are 10 types of people in this world; those that understand binary and those that don’t.

Other stuff

Work photos:

I work here, at the University of Surrey! It’s based in Guildford right next to the A3 Northbound and Southbound. Over the past few years it has been climbing the many University league tables and excels in many fields; Electronic Engineering being one of them.

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My Office is based in the Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP) within the Department of Electronic Engineering. Here’s my office on a typical day!

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Sometimes we end up going to the Royal Surrey County Hospital…

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… to use one of these scanners; a Siemens Biograph mCT scanner.

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And here’s how Medical Imaging Engineers take selfies*:

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* This is not from a scanner I normally use; this is from an MRI scanner I was in when I volunteered for a study for the psychology department here.