I came to Cambridge in 2012 to study an undergraduate degree in Engineering. I joined as a member of St. Edmunds College as I was a mature undergraduate at the time having done an exchange year, some previous work experience and a conscription. I had an interest of
being involved with one of the student projects as I felt like it was one of the best possible ways of getting useful experiences towards a future career. I joined originally as a member of both the Electrical and Business teams,
and took on more responsibilities as the time went on.
In my second year
we focused on rebuilding the team as many people and sponsors left after the 2013 race. My official role was Head of Organisational Development but I also eventually became the Head of Sponsorship, until I started as the Programme Director at the end of May 2014. During the summer we ran the first Summer Design team for CUER. We conducted a lot of research, but importantly we built all the main parts of Evolution, the 2015 race car. From 2014 to 2015 we had an amazing team of people getting the car fully built, tested and ready for the race as well as organising the trip to Australia.
Towards the spring of 2016
we started Prowler.io, a startup focusing on commercialising reinforcement learning with a focus of
utilising probabilistic models and multi-agent systems to build the world's first decision-making platform. Prowler.io is now over 70 people and we are one of the fastest growing startups and maybe the biggest AI lab in Cambridge. The experiences at CUER made a big impact on my future plans, ability to get a lot of work done and handle pressure. Besides my last year's focus on machine learning (with an obvious link to the startup), I learned my most useful skills from the solar car team - both technical and interpersonal. Also
my best times in Cambridge were with the solar car team and I would recommend the experience to everyone as it really teaches you a lot about the most key aspects in engineering by forcing you to build a really complex product with a multidisciplinary team under the severest budget constraints. Good luck to everyone undertaking that challenge!