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I am an innovator

Some people think engineers are boring but I am anything but. As a child I always had to be doing something. I had more fun building the play house than playing in it.

My dream is to become known as a people’s engineer – someone who changes lives by thinking a little differently, perhaps in the field of renewable energy.

Engineering is all about innovation but, unless you have the ability to communicate, ideas can get lost.

Luckily I wasn’t too over-awed when I met Sir Terry Matthews, the Welsh telecommunications billionaire when he came to the university.

I won his Canadian Challenge – the chance to work in one of his companies in Ottawa for four weeks with all expenses paid.

What an incredible opportunity. I couldn’t have imagined that kind of adventure a few years ago. Swansea University is famous for its Engineering Department but it has also changed my life in other ways. Take my fantastic new sport, Ultimate Frisbee. I didn’t know it existed until I came here.

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Choosing to study at Swansea has been one of the best decisions of my life. I found what I wanted right on my doorstep but it has already taken me around the world.”