After I graduated in 1997, I worked as a Design and Development Engineer, with project management responsibilities, for a supplier to the air-conditioning industry before going back to university to study for an MSc (product design and management). I then got offered a job as a research
assistant in manufacturing engineering / metallurgy and studied for my PhD at the same time. My research at Liverpool was in Rapid Prototyping with my thesis concerning the fabrication of functionally graded structure using direct metal laser remelting. I have had papers published a few times in academic journals. I finished my research three years later and got a job as a lead design engineer for a nuclear industry contractor.
I worked for Nuvia, a contractor (design house) in the nuclear industry, for four years, where I spent much of the final year seconded to Novarka (in both Kiev and Paris), a consortium of Bouygues and Vinci, two French construction ‘giants’ responsible for designing the ‘New Safe Confinement’, effectively a steel shed with local atmosphere control to cover Chernobyl Reactor 4 whilst deconstruction activities take place. I assisted with the development of the project's safety case. Unfortunately when I returned back to Nuvia in the UK, several projects had been cancelled or put on hold and frustrated with no new projects forthcoming, I moved on.