Professional background: I have a PhD in Hydrology, a MEng in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Water Resources Science.
What attracted you to HR Wallingford? While finishing my PhD, I started to look for an opportunity that was not too far from academia, but not too close either! HR Wallingford bridges the gap between academia and industry, so here we get the best of both worlds. The diversity of project work, from consultancy to collaborative research, was a key reason I wanted to work here.
What are you working on? Right now I’m working on two projects funded by the UK Space Agency that aim to use satellite technology to help countries meet their sustainable development goals. I’m leading D-MOSS, a project that is developing a dengue fever forecasting system for Vietnam and the South East Asia region. It is a large project (over £5 million) with multiple project partners and has been the most exciting project I’ve worked on so far. It’s given me the opportunity to grow professionally, and it is fulfilling to have the chance to make a difference in countries that are suffering from this rapidly expanding disease.