What are you doing now?
After graduation from St Andrews I carried on running my own business, providing technical management in the event industry in Edinburgh. After 18 months I moved to London where I now work for an event management agency on their Production Team. Although I had decided that I wouldn’t pursue a career in computing, the skills I learnt at St Andrews have helped me with my current job. Our company are one of the main event agencies for Google in EMEA, so I spend a lot of time producing and delivering conferences, product launches and parties for Google. When I thought I would no longer use my programming skills, I was proved wrong. We create concepts for new Google demos that we deliver at a range of events. From an Android controlled ‘claw’ grabber amusement game, to a chess game powered by Arduino allowing hardware and software to interact with day to day objects, the programming skills gained at St Andrews have given us the edge among our competitors.
What is your favourite memory from your time studying Computer Science in St Andrews?
My fondest memory of St Andrews Computer Science was most definitely the late night lab sessions. More than a last minute push for completion of projects, it became an opportunity for collaborative working, much laughter and fitted with daytime workload. Not only did the lab sessions provide a medium for completing the projects and exercises, it also helped deepen my understanding and became a good knowledge sharing platform.
What was your favourite module, and why?
Favourite module was Artificial Intelligence. The depth and complexity of the topic was extremely interesting and provided great insight into the depth of the human brain and perception, and how this is being artificially recreated to make computational decisions more “human-like”. The practicals were interesting and this led to my interest in robotic decision-making ultimately culminating in my Senior Honours project into robotic movement algorithms.