A New Beginning...
About this blog, and a little bit about me.
I've set this blog up to document the different projects that I am working on and to try to avoid cluttering up threads on various forums that I frequent.
It also means I can keep my thoughts consistent without having to work around all the off-topic comments & discussions that invariably occur on said forums.
I am a radio/electronics engineer by interest & training, a software engineer because that's the way the world went, a mechanical engineer by necessity, and a systems engineer to bring it all together. I suppose you can call me a "solutions engineer".
Over the years I have worked in many sectors; communication, command & control (3C) for military & aerospace, manufacturing, finance, transportation & e-commerce, for organisations as diverse as GEC, the MOD, European Space Agency, Ford, an F1 team, Severn Trent Water, Yorkshire Electricity, Lloyds of London, RBS and various other financial institutions, the UK rail industry & many more.
I have, at various times, been a management consultant, run development teams between 3 and 90+ staff, owned my own IT Consultancy, been an IT Director in a startup and Principal Engineer for one of the largest e-commerce websites in the UK.
In Oct 2012 I had a serious cycling accident that left me tetraplegic. It took me 2 years to get my head round that and deal with fact that I am only physically disabled. My brain still works and I can use a computer (albeit more slowly than before). I was introduced to the ASPIRE/UCL Centre for Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology (CREATe) research team at the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital at Stanmore and became an Honorary Senior Research Associate, providing them with my 40y of expertise & experience. Now I am also a PhD student, researching into hand exoskeletons for assisting with activities of daily living.