I received my PhD in Chemical Engineering from Queen's University where I worked at the Queen's-RMC Fuel Cell Research Center. My research focused on the development of high temperature fuel cells (and helping to save the world).
The PhD was a great experience for me. I picked up a lot of skills doing this which I wouldn't otherwise have, like: (i) learning how to fail (ii) useful mathematical modelling and programming abilities (aka algorithm development for real world processes) (iii) a diverse understanding of energy technologies (iv) public speaking (v) confidence in being able to work on initially overwhelming projects (vi) and general research related skills.
These are the areas that I consider to be my expertise:
- I created and hosted theWatt Podcast, where I spoke to many energy experts about energy topics. This was the first podcast to focus on energy topics. 1500 people listened to me each week. Sadly, this became too time consuming to continue.
- When I lived in Kingston, I was involved with SWITCH Kingston (and I'm still a member).
- When I think of it, I post energy-related stats to Twitter. A sampling of this is on the left.
- I think the next big thing (as in iPhone big) is the Arduino (or at least products derived from its existence) and that there will be a resurgence in the social status of makers.