I was captivated by robots, gadgets and technology from a young age, but did not know how my passion could be turned into a career that I’d enjoy. I did a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and soon found myself drawn to robotics. I am now a researcher at Imperial College, developing robotic exoskeletons, which combines my passion for cutting edge tech and gadgets with my desire to help people.
I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to be growing up. I didn’t even know what engineering was. I loved sci-fi films and was fascinated by the futuristic technology and gadgets in them. At school, I was good at maths and science but I could not decide on a career to aim for. After doing some research, I found that I could pursue several of my interests in gadgets and how they work by studying engineering, and from that do something meaningful for a career.
I started a degree in Mechanical Engineering, still unsure what I wanted to do. As I advanced through the course, I found myself drawn to projects involving robotics and programming, and which suited my love of futuristic gadgets. As my degree progressed, I was able to combine a passion for helping people with my skills working with technology to pursue research in medical robotics. For my final year project, I worked on a robotic hand and saw directly how my work could change the lives of amputees. I have continued to develop robotic exoskeletons that are responsive and give amputees and people recovering from strokes a better quality of life.