University College Dublin (LOA)
My Work: I’m a PhD Researcher in Optical Engineering
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My Typical Day: There are no typical days, generally I’m either in the lab working on experiments or in the office writing.
What I'd do with the money: I want to make a “Lighthouse” (not a real Lighthouse)
The UN has declared 2015 the International Year of Light. I want to spend the money on creating “Lighthouse”, a mobile pop-up darkroom. It’ll be a marquee with blackout curtains and lots of interesting optical experiments and illusions inside.
The problem is that the cool optical experiments that we can do requires darkness. For example, it’s very hard to see lasers in daylight. This Lighthouse will be a large marquee with blackout curtains to make it nice and dark. It’ll be like a House of Horrors but without the scary stuff, just really cool light stuff and optical illusions.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Curious, forgetful and adventurous
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
I’ve gotten to help others
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
I watched and read a lot of sci-fi
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
My school reports said I was a day dreamer
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I’m really a phyicist, shh don’t tell anyone
Who is your favourite singer or band?
David Bowie / Queen
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Went to band camp in the States
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Start writing, finish writing and submit my thesis
Tell us a joke.
Two cats on a roof, which one slides off first? The one with the smallest mew!