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Nice to meet you 🚀

I'm a postgrad Management student @ the University of St. Andrews, UK, and a qualified computer scientist.

🤔 What do you do?

I'm starting work as an IT Engineer at a London hedge fund. More on that later!

Education

Management (aim: MLitt) - University of St. Andrews

I'm topping off my CS background with a degree in Management, specialising in marketing. My dissertation is looking at how to bring machine learning and data mining to offline personalised pricing. My December exam grades were in the pass with merit to pass with distinction levels! :)


Computer Science (BSc) - Durham University

I graduated in 2017 with a 2:1, specialising in NLP/AI. My dissertation made EssaySlimmer.com - the world's first automatic document slimmer.

My best module was Computer Science into Schools, where I solo taught 34 hours in a large British high school, teaching programming paradigms and computer security to 15-18 year olds through constructivist and VAK approaches.

My favourite (sub)module was computer vision, where I scored one of the highest marks in the school for a driverless car lane detection RANSAC algorithm. However, I still wouldn't want it driving your Tesla.


A Levels - Ballakermeen High School

I was Deputy Head Boy at a state school and did my A Levels in Maths, Physics, Economics and General Studies (ABAA*).

Available Downloads

Undergraduate parchment - download
Undergraduate transcript - download
Outstanding Contribution to Academic Representation (award) - download

Interests

I love cooking, but I'm not a food snob. I'm very interested in politics but you won't get a word from me re my opinions? Company culture is massively important to me. Whether a traditional working environment or a room full of beanbags, either will pass if the culture's right.

Hobbies and fun stuff

My main sport is golf. I've done rugby, gymnastics & trampoline and .22 LR rifle. I've been digging dirt and diamonds on Minecraft since the alpha release. Movie-wise, anything with a good plot and at least a 7 on IMDB.

Work experience and internships


University College, Durham

University College has a long tradition of formal dinners; signup is very competitive.

Working for free, I spent 300 hours developing UCFormal, an elaborate web app to handle signups, schedules, ticketing, invoices, billing, messaging and profiles. The software was a large success and handled £7,000 and 1,500 meals in its first term.

I built UCWelfare too - an anonymous messaging platform for students to communicate with the welfare team about any issues they may be facing.

I also made CastleJCR.com, our website

Skills gained: Web app scaling, advanced PHP, database management, UX design, security, stakeholder management

Natural Environment Research Council

I wrote software to help chemists automate their submissions of complex jobs to the University supercomputer for molecular dynamics simulations.

The motivation was that many chemists likely were unfamiliar with Unix environments and a GUI to handle all SSH would save academic time. The chemistry itself was in relation to clay permeability under different solutions for enhanced oil recovery (EOR), in the petrochemistry industry.

This was done with Swing in Java and used a cool SSH framework. Click here to view software screenshots.


Skills gained: Java swing GUI development, HPC basics, advanced SSH

Domicilium Networks

Over a week, I worked on a small research project at a cloud computing data centre, to recommend technical options for a PaaS product the company was developing.

Alongside the technical work, I factored in cost-benefit analyses and presented ROI considerations to my supervisor, bridging the gap between business and systems, allowing the team to make an executive decision from my work.








Skills gained: Virtualisation, scaling, APIs, data centre, BGP routing, NOC operations

Ramsey Crookall

In my 2014 internship, I spent two months at an LSE-registered stockbroker. My responsibilities ranged from validating the KYC information of customers, examining transactional records in securities, maintaining and managing the files of accounts and administering customer records.

Towards the end, I had a brief moment to see the "trading floor", a high-energy room covered in TV screens and Bloomberg terminals, where the heart of the business operated.

The placement was my first formal setting in an office as a 9-to-5 employee, giving me early insight into the professional working world.

Skills gained: Basic KYC/AML, stock brokering, administration

Manx Telecom

Initially rejected for being too young, a short letter to the Chairman proved successful, opening the doors to an engineering experience that I'd never had before.

Working in the NOC and data centres, my team solved real-life problems in mass telecoms. I ran one maintenance procedure on the 2G Mobile Switching Centres and 3G Media Gateway Controllers (servers routing thousands of live calls/packets), whilst watching engineers solve traffic and routing problems, gaining a concise knowledge of signalling, critical systems control and IP/voice data transport.

Skills gained: IP transport, GSM, UMTS, SS7 signalling, SMS, billing, trunking, data centre, network planning

Black Powder (Junior Achievement)

Under the Junior Achievement programme, my buddy and I opened and ran a registered company (IOM Company Number JAIOM1202) in high school, turning £300 from having just £50 investment.

Black Powder operated in consumer electronics retail, sourcing consumer goods from Asia. Our company marketed desirable products to a captive high school audience of 400 students. The company was a large success and won the Junior Achievement Young Enterprise competition, "acquiring" one competitor in the process.

Skills gained: Startups, branding, business development, entrepreneurship


I also have casual experience running a sole tradership doing IT contracts such as Ethernet wiring jobs in building sites, hotel RFID door lock installations, CCTV, website development and of course babysitting! I am also starting to work as a private Computer Science and Business tutor.

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