St bede's secondary school, Hill's road Sixth form college (both in Cambridge), Glasgow school of Art and University of Glasgow
Product design engineering Student
I'm a Product design engineering student in Glasgow.
Hi I’m Josh, I grew up in Cambridge then when I left school I went to live in Guyana in the Amazon for a year teaching in a primary school. Right now I’m a student in Glasgow living with three of my friends (No parents, no rules, lots of dirty plates).
I'm a student, so I do a good mix of learning and making!
I’m a student studying Product Design Engineering. My time is split between the University of Glasgow And the Glasgow School of Art. At the University I do most of the same things all engineering students do. I learn about everything from why buildings don’t fall down to how to programme robots so they can learn on their own. While I’m at the Art School I learn about how people use things and how to design for their needs. I also spend lots of time making and testing things.
My Typical Day
My days are all fairly varied, some days I have classes some days in the lab and some days at Art school making things.
While I’m at University My day will be a mixture of lectures, working in labs and doing home work (yeah I still get home work at 22). Lectures are much like classes at school but with between 30 and 150 people and the labs are experiments to help learn concepts from lectures. At the Art School I normally have a project to work on over a number of weeks designing something to solve a problem. I’ve done a project helping people who are scared of the dentist, one sending things into space and getting them back in one piece amongst other things.
What I'd do with the money
I'd use the money to enhance outreach with Glasgow university Engineers without borders.
In my spare time I am in a group called Engineers without borders. We do activities in schools showing students what engineering can be like we also help with projects in developing countries designing infrastructure projects. With the prize money we could run even better activities with students in schools like yours!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
I don't count well.
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Working on designing better crutches
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
I've just always needed to make things
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I got moved around rooms for talking to everyone a lot.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
An artist or a baker.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Camping out on top of the mountain in the film UP
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
More wishes (classic), More time, Free travel
Tell us a joke.
A man goes out for dinner with his giraffe, just as they are ordering desert the giraffe dies and so the man decides it's best he leave. As he's going the waiter shouts you can't leave that lying here and the man says "That's not a lion, it's a giraffe"