I have a Master's Degree in Physics with Medical Physics
I received the Tessella Prize in my third year for developing the most innovative software in an undergraduate project, which was used in clinical trials in the NHS, and I was the first to receive this award as an individual
I received the Subject Award for Physics when I completed my A-Levels
I received the Governor's Award in Year 10 of school in response to my exceptional academic progress
I was always very interested in solving problems. From a young age, I would disassemble and re-assemble any devices I could get my hands on, to learn how they worked. Electronics, furniture, whatever was around.
In my early years of secondary school, I didn't have academic interests. It wasn't until I eventually paid some attention to Physics and Maths that I started to find such interests. I credit this to my mother, and to the fantastic teachers I had - it was their enthusiasm and incredible teachings that set me on the academic path. Without their help, I feel as though I never would have been able to progress in the way that I did.
Maths and Physics often go hand-in-hand, and so I grew quite fond of both subjects, but preferred the practical side of them, which made me more interested in Physics and Mathematical Mechanics.
The first things I remember enjoying about these subjects were the ability they gave me to calculate practical things. For example, calculating how much easier it is to open a door when pushing further from the hinge, or calculating how long an object will take to hit the ground when dropped. These were very interesting to me, offering a window into the physics of the world, and granting a greater understanding of the world around me.
When I finished my A-Levels, studying Physics at a university felt like a natural progression for me. I sent all 5 of my applications to the same university, for the same course. Thankfully, I wasn't rejected, and began studying at the University of Sheffield in 2013.
I enjoyed studying there. As someone hungry for more knowledge, it was amazing to look through the department and see all of the offices. Almost every lecturer was actively involved in research, discovering new things in their own fields. There were corridors of experts in so many areas, and it was amazing to think that I could ask them about cutting-edge developments that most others would not be aware of, or not understand.
In my third year, I began my first of three Medical Physics projects. I remember sitting in a room with the other 5 students stuyding this specialization and reading the sheet of available projects. When I read about a project which required developing new treatments using virtual reality, I knew that was my calling. I took the first year of the project with my lab partner, Jaspreet.
This project was very interesting for me, and is what lead to the Tessella Prize. Through this project, I discovered programming in C#, and became so infatuated with the language that I took it a lot further than the project required. In my own time, I've since studied ASP.NET full stack web development, app development for iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, related Microsoft stack technologies such as SQL Server and Windows Server, and more.
I feel that this was a natural progression of my interest in problem solving. The ability to program useful software is a skill that I love developing.
One set of applications I've developed is Clipboard Everywhere. Using my development skills, I've developed a set of client applications which, in co-operation with the Clipboard Everywhere back-end, allow a user to seamlessly copy and paste across their devices, as well as transfer files over the local network, and more. It works very well, and is built on the belief that all of your devices should be able to communicate as one.
This was a cool project for me as it involved a lot of different components. There's an app for each platform, a website, a web API, a back-end database, authentication, two servers, and my custom backup and recovery strategies. It's a lot of work, but it's turned out great. However, Google decided to change the way that they treat apps which monitor the clipboard on Android, which means the Android app will no longer function come Android 10, which is a bit disappointing. The Windows version will continue to live on.
In my free time, I enjoy learning about .NET-related technologies. I've become a big fan of the Umbraco CMS, which is an incredible web framework geared toward developers. I love that Umbraco has made their framework so flexible and extensible - it's a pleasure to work with. It's in use for this website right now, and I plan to utilize it for all websites going forwards.