2007-2013 The University of Reading; 2006-2007 Technical University of Vienna (ERASMUS-SOCRATES Student Exchange Programme); 2003 – 2007 Gdansk University of Technology
PhD, MSc, BSc (1st, Hons), A-levels (Maths, Polish, English)
Project Manager/Consultant (Radioactive Waste Management & Environment)
Favourite thing to do in my job: Raising awareness and improving people’s understading of the surrounding world.
In my job I make sure that no harm comes to the environment and humans from the radioactive waste produced by the industry.
Because these are predominantly international projects my job involves a lot of travelling, working with a variety of people and trying not to get lost in translation.
My Typical Day
Answering emails, abating disasters, writing documents, coordinating work and trying to remain sane for the weekend when I meet my friends for a cup of tea and a good dose of silly conversation.
What I'd do with the prize money
I would donate it to STEMNET (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network) to improve how science is taught in schools.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Optimistic, curious and a bit geeky.
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Spending 5 days doing experiments in a particle accelators (Diamond Light Source). It’s such an amazing place
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
I was adamant that I will be studying “something technical and practical”. But very soon after starting my course I’ve become passionate about the environment and the science behind it.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Not really, though I did my fair share of school ditching.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
It’s difficult to imagine myself not involved in science at least in some way. Perhaps a programmer..
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Marillion, Axel Rudi Pell, Bon Jovi, Blue Foundation
What's your favourite food?
Greek and Eastern European
What is the most fun thing you've done?
You mean apart of taking part in ‘I’m a Scientist’? :)
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Climb Machu Picchu, discover a medical tricorder and see Earth from space.
Tell us a joke.
“Mr Dog what’s on a tree?”, “Bark!”