Two amazing weeks!
University of Kent
PhD, MSc, BSc
Teaching Assistant and Research Associate at University of Kent
R&D Technical Consultant
I am an R&D Technical Consultant helping companies obtain various incentives from HMRC for any R&D activities they might undertake.
I am a Research & Development Technical Consultant at Leyton UK, helping companies of different sizes and from different technical industries, receive incentives from HMRC for any activities they might undertake.
I finished my PhD in Electronic Engineering at the University of Kent, Canterbury. I am originally from Romania, and moved to UK in 2012, when I got a scholarship for a masters program at the University of Kent.
I do a lot of volunteering work, such as various STEM outreach events, as well as organising different conferences, student mentoring and so on. I work closely with Primary Engineer Leaders Award organising various events to encourage young people to get into engineering. Also, this is my second time being part of I’m an Engineer, three years after I participated in I’m an Engineer, get me out of here! (the robotics zone).
As hobbies that are not related to my work, I have recently discovered a passion for calligraphy, which I found very relaxing and satisfying. I love visiting places and I always try to find time to visit someplace new every time. I love watching films and TV shows. But my favourite way of relaxing is in a coffee shop with a nice cup of coffee.
Working with companies and helping them get incentives from the HMRC
I work with companies from different industries to help them get incentives from HMRC for various research and development activities they might undertake, through the R&D Tax Relief Scheme.
Prior to this I worked with humanoid robots and their implementation in the real world. I started on an European project called COALAS (COgnitive Assisted Living Ambient System), in which a NAO robot was an assistant to a disabled person. The robot had the ability to detect if someone has fallen and call for help when needed, as well as communicating with a robotic wheelchair and being able to control it.
In the summer of 2016, I started using our three robots in school for teaching purposes. Depending on the age group of the students and on the nature of the session, we can offer either and interactive session in which the students can build tangram puzzles and the robot then recognises them, programming session (drag and drop, or coding), lectures, or demonstrations.
I am an active STEM ambassador for STEMLearning. Through these organisations, I got involved in different events, such as talks for the Big Bang Fair, Primary Engineer LEADERS AWARD, LEGO competitions, and many more.
I was one of the main organisers for Teacher In-Service Program (TISP), with our first event taking place in October 2016 in 15 countries (in Europe, Africa, and Middle East). I am also a TISP Champion which allows me to deliver TISP workshops. A volunteer can be a TISP champion if they get trained by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering)
My Typical Day: On a typical day at work, I have meeting with a number of clients to help them identify R&D areas within their work, as well as help put together the application for the R&D tax incentive.
I get to talk to various companies in different fields and get exposed to various state of the art technologies.
On a typical day at work, I am either in clients meetings or writing technical applications for our clients. Furthermore, as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility committee, I get involved in various fundraising events, STEM outreach events, and other events that can help our society and the environment.
What I'd do with the money
I would organise a dragon's den event at one of our UK offices for children to present ideas in front of a panel.
Having organised a dragon’s den event at our office in London back in January, I would organise a second dragon’s den event in which more students will be able to present ideas of how to use technology and engineering to help the community and the environment.
At the end, the panel will choose three winners who will receive awards.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Organised, ambitious, enthusiastic
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
I was giving a talk with one of my robots and one of the students said that my session made them consider becoming an engineer.
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Not that much
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Medical Doctor (Cardiologist)
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Trying to syncronise two robots for them to dance together. Didn’t go out as planned!
Tell us a joke.
What do you get if you cross a robot and a tractor? A trans-farmer!