Members range from 17-95 years old and have diverse interests.
From time to time we like to interview members to hear why they joined the Company and the benefits they gain from doing so.
If you would like to be interviewed, don't hesitate to contact us.
Jordan Griffith, who is one of our Apprentices, was a judge at this year's WCSIM Young Engineer for Britain 2017 awards at the NEC in Birmingham. The two winners will head off to Los Angeles very soon to take part in the International Science and Engineering Fair. Here is Jordan's experience of being on the judging panel.
How did the standard of this year’s finalists compare with last year’s?
I thought that this year's finalists was strong and diverse, some really interesting projects and students who were tackling some key issues in the 21st century.
On what criteria are the finalists assessed?
The students are assessed on a number of key factors such as innovation, technical knowledge and presentation.
What do you enjoy about judging the Young Engineer for Britain competition?
What's enjoyable is that, although I have only been judging for two years now, there is a huge variety in the type of projects being presented. This is really encouraging to see and is a real boost as a whole for the science, engineering and technology sector.
What is the most difficult part of the judging process?
It can be challenging to choose the overall winners when there are so many strong projects.
Why did you and your fellow judges choose Finlay Cuffe and Shahab Fazal as the winners?
We chose the two winners because of their exceptional projects, showing both high knowledge and understanding. They also both designed something with high scientific merit.
What advice have you for Finlay and Shahan who will be competing in the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles?
My advice to them would to be passionate about their project. If you really show a passion and this is then backed up with the knowledge you can't go wrong.
Jordan is a final year Product Design student at Cardiff Metropolitan University. The two current projects he is working on are in the medical and surveillance sector. The first is looking at the logistics and distribution of refrigerated products. The other is creating a drone that does not feel threatening to humans and is designed so it can be used for long periods of time in disaster-stricken areas.
Meet the Reverend Prebendary Jeremy Crossley who is Rector of Saint Margaret Lothbury (our company church) and the Honorary Chaplain of our livery company.
What was your first job after graduating?
I worked as a Civil Servant in the Ministry of Defence both in London and Northern Ireland. I then went to Durham University (where I had studied History and Politics for my first degree) to train for the priesthood. I was ordained in 1984.
What was it that led you to train for the priesthood?
When I worked for the MOD, I really thought I’d remain there forever. But I had a growing inner conviction that I might be called to be a priest. Once I’d made up my mind, suddenly every door seemed to open for me.
Have you always ministered in the City?
No, I served my first curacy in the Medway Towns where I was also the Chaplain to the local hospital and to 1039 Air Cadets Squadron. I came to London in 1987 to a post at St Michael’s Chester Square and, in 1991, became Vicar of St James the Less, Westminster where I was given the task of setting up a church for the 16-30 age group in South Westminster. I became Rector of St Margaret Lothbury in 2000.
I’ve been Chaplain to the Lord Mayor of London twice and to the High Sheriff of East Sussex once. I have also been Area Dean of the City of London & Area Director of Ordinands and Post Ordination Training for the Anglican Church in Central London.
Can you tell us a bit about the history of St Margaret Lothbury?
It was consecrated for public worship in 1181 and was rebuilt in 1440. It was burned down completely in the Great Fire and rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren 30 years later. Very fortunately, it wasn’t bombed in the war.
The church has exceptionally fine 17th-century woodwork from other now-demolished Wren churches. Among the best are the reredos, communion rails and baptismal font (which are thought to be by Grinling Gibbons from St Olave, Old Jewry), the pulpit sounding board, and the rood screen from All-Hallows-the-Great. Two paintings of Moses and Aaron flank the high altar which came from St Christopher le Stocks when it was demolished in 1781. The organ was built by George Pike England in 1801. Restored in 1984, it stands in its original case, and contains nearly all its original pipework.
It was designated a Grade I listed building on 4 January 1950.
What does your role as Honorary Chaplain to WCSIM entail?
I say grace at company lunches and dinners; I conduct company church services and attend funerals of liverymen. I can also baptise children and grandchildren of members and can even conduct weddings, should any members who are planning on getting married so wish.
What do enjoy most about it?
I find the livery very convivial and intellectually stimulating. I also greatly enjoy the conversations I have with liverymen at company dinners. For me, the highlight is coming on the weekends as it’s a great opportunity to spend time with, and get to know, individual members. I will be coming on the Oxford weekend this September.
How do you like to spend your spare time?
I enjoy seeing friends, going to the opera, reading political biography, visiting Italy and drinking wine.
What is your favourite building in London – and why?
Hampton Court. It’s a prime example of a fine building from the Tudor period. As someone who loves history, I can imagine figures from centuries past wandering by and I find it incredible that we can still stroll through the palace and its grounds, some 500 years later.
Every year WCSIM sponsors the top two winners of the Young Engineer for Britain competition to attend the highly prestigious International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel-ISEF) competition in the United States. Meet the 2016 Young Engineer for Britain, Brad Stalker, who is now an Apprentice with us.
What was the project you entered into Intel-ISEF?
My project was a device that mimics nature, designed to the upset sediment on a riverbed and prevent the build up of silt that decreases the capacity of a river, therefore increasing the damages caused by flood and increasing the number of times a river will breach its banks. The device was designed with the option of a turbine application built into it. This allows the device to not only decrease the chances of flooding, but allows a community to produce green energy. The device is made from cheap materials that are sustainable, can be scaled, easy to work with and do not harm the environment. These materials range from plastics to concrete. The turbine of the device does not harm life in the river and is designed by Abass Omar Nabil.
What gave you the idea?
The idea for my project came after a discussion with my friend as we walked over the bridge he walked over to go to school. He told me about how, walking to school, he'd seen how devastating the floods were for the community and how we'd both seen on the news how scary the force of nature truly was. We talked about how scary it was to live somewhere that floods could occur overnight and had in the past and about how rivers do not get dredged as often as they used to, if ever and how we'd fix them. He made me think about my family and friends on a personal level that had never occurred to me in the past. I was scared so I decided to do something about it and design a proposal solution for the problem.
Tell us a bit about your experience in the States.
My time in Arizona was amazing. I had never been to the States previously and I am grateful for every opportunity given to me while I was over there. I had a great time with the new friends I made in the UK and meeting all the friends from many other countries! I loved being able to speak about my project and learning from everyone I met. It was a real eye opener for me as I got to see that there are many other students who enjoy the same subjects as me and at the same deep level of interest. We also got to see a bit of Arizona. Overall the experience was life changing.
Which awards have you won?
Young Engineers for Britain 2016 - 1st place
Intel-ISEF - 3rd place in Earth and Environmental Sciences
ASDAN Universes award
What would you say are the advantages of being an Apprentice with WCSIM?
Some of the advantages of being an apprentice with WCSIM are firstly the wide range of experience you have access to. WCSIM is full of people who kindly offer help if you need it. Secondly, having a mentor who is assigned for you is great because they are selected with skills that help you work with them and allow you to grow as an individual. Another advantage of being a member is the opportunity to attend events that are incredibly well planned and allow you to meet new people and network with people who are incredibly talented and very interesting to spend time with.
Where and what are you currently studying/working?
I am currently working/studying at Gen 2. I am in my first year being trained as a Level 3 Mechanical Engineer. The qualifications I am taking include Personal Learning and Thinking Skills, Level 3 Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Rights and Responsibilities, ECITB Level 3 Diploma in Maintaining Engineering Construction Plan and System - Mechanical (QCF) and Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Operations and Maintenance Engineering (QCF).
What is your dream job?
My dream job would be a Mechanical Design Engineer for a renewable energy company such as Dong Energy, NuGen or working on the new tidal lagoon projects being planned for the UK, pushing the boundaries of energy generation for the world.
We meet Liveryman Joanna Migdal, the sundial designer who created the Company’s Millennium Measure.
Can you tell us about the Millennium Measure?
It is a glass and stainless steel obelisk located under the Millennium Bridge by St Paul’s Cathedral. It is two meters high, with each millimtre representing one year over the past 2,000 years. It bears the initial ‘MM’ which stand for ‘Millennium Measure’, ‘millimetre’ and also the number 2,000 in Roman numerals. The glass is etched by hand using a technique called ‘brilliant cut’.
What is the connection between SIM and the Millennium measure?
It is a gift given by the Company to the City of London to commemorate the turn of the millennium.
What does the Millennium Measure depict?
Each of the three faces portrays something different. One shows the key developments within the history of science and scientific instruments over the past two thousand years; another illustrates the major milestones in religion; and the third represents the significant events that have taken place in the City of London during that time.
How did you come to join the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers?
It all started when I wrote a letter to The Times back in the ‘90s. The paper had been running a series of short letters where people described their trade or profession with a play on words. I said: "Without a shadow of a doubt, my trade puts all others in the shade". SIM’s Master at the time was Bill Lyons who saw my letter and contacted me. He was looking for a Master’s gift to give his wife and decided to commission a sundial for their Norfolk garden. After I had delivered this, I was invited to attend a function at SIM and they asked me if I’d like to join.
How long have your been designing sundials?
For over 30 years now. In fact, all my career.
Which projects are you currently working on?
I’m working on an unusual sundial for a delightful client in Ireland and a dramatic piece for the Guggenheim Museum in Venice.
Of all the sundials you have designed, of which are you most proud?
The most moving piece was the memorial for the 7th July bombings in London. It was commissioned by the BMA (British Medical Association) and reflects both the eternity of time and the moment that changed lives forever. It celebrates the doctors who, with their love and wisdom, saved so many lives and also commemorates those 52 whose lives were lost. The metal and stone which were used have a memory of the date and are full of emotion.
Below are two of Joanna's sundials which are on display in the Clockmakers' Gallery in the Science Museum, London.
We talk to Dr Hussam Muhamedsalih, this year's recipient of our prestigious Beloe Fellowship.
What is your post-doctoral research project?
The tremendous growth in the manufacturing of deterministic and complex free form surfaces at the micro and nano-scales is stimulating the development of new metrology instrumentation. Assuring the quality of ‘every’ manufactured product is a key factor in reducing costs and gaining competitiveness. The goal of my research is to build a novel optical interferometry system capable of performing areal surface measurement for the next-generation of high added-value products, resulting in optimizing the production process to operate with efficiently reliably and repeatability. In-process measurement capabilities will be the key feature of the instrument to achieve direct interaction between measurement and machining on a single platform. The operation principle of the instrument will be based on multi wavelength interferometry techniques without producing any mechanical movement.
The research will also include exploring fast and sufficient optical signal analysis routines using parallel programming means. The instrument should be fast enough to measure moving surfaces and robust against environmental disturbances. In-process measurement for large area substrates usually generate massive data that need to be handled. As a result, this research will also explore an automated data handling procedure, enabling the instrument to be installed as an inspection tool for roll-to-roll manufacturing process. As an application, the inspection technologies to be developed can increase the efficiency of the flexible solar modules by identifying processes that lead to dead areas of the cells (defects that cause a loss of energy conversion due to allowing recombination rather than ‘fatal’ defects that prevent an entire cell from working).
What practical applications will this have?
My research will capture benefits to high-value advanced manufacturing sectors which require precision surface measurement for their products for example finishing of aerospace turbine-blades to improve efficiency, thin film barriers for photo-voltaic solar modules, improving texture and form-control of prosthetic joint implants to enhance their life, superior finishing of industrial moulds, and polishing of next-generation semiconductor wafers. Assuring the quality of such precision surfaces using the instrument to be developed can guarantee the functional performance of the component.
You also received a Scholarship from us in 2013 as a result of your PhD research. Can you explain what this research project was?
My PhD research was based on implementing a novel wavelength scanning interferometry (WSI) for embedded metrology. The WSI together with an acousto-optic tuneable filtering technique has been developed which can measure surfaces with large step heights. A built-in vibration compensation system was implemented to stablise the system against environmental disturbances. This technique can be used to measure surface topographies for a wide range of precision structured surfaces in micro/nano-scale, for example V-groove structured surfaces and large step height samples. As part of my PhD work, I built a prototype instrument from the ground up, including all aspects of software interfacing, signal processing, opto-mechanics and electronic hardware. This work has produced one international patent (WO/2010/082066) and eight peer reviewed journal and conference papers
What other awards have you won?
The 2014 winner in the Manufacturing Technology category of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Innovation Awards, selected from over 400 entries from 22 countries.
What does winning the Beloe Fellowship mean to you?
It is a great honor for me to receive the prestigious Below Fellowship award. Winning the fellowship is a great recognition to my research. The fellowship not only supports the development of my reputation, it gives me the motivation to take my research up to the next level and develop a product range that would help manufacturers to enhance the performance and lower the cost of their products, making them more competitive.
How will it help you in your research?
It is well known that SIM Beloe Fellowship is designed to support the winner to develop himself as a scientific leader. The Fellowship will certainly provide me with access to the extensive pool of knowledge for networking and close links with key professional bodies. The received funding is considered as a great opportunity to develop the next-generation prototype instrument.
Ken Sanders has been the Company's Apprentice Warden since 2013. He is also currently Junior Warden which means he will become Master in October 2018. Here, he talks about his role as Apprentice Warden.
What is an Apprentice Warden?
The primary role of the Apprentice Warden is to administer our programme that supports young people who come into our Company as Apprentices. In addition to a cash bursary that we pay them while they are at university, we also provide them with a Liveryman who acts as a mentor, advising them about their course or work experience or future employment. Liverymen who take on this role are called Apprentice Masters. So part of my job is to find Apprentice Masters for each of our Apprentices who join us every year.
What is the Big Bang Fair?
To give it its full title, the Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair celebrates science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people aged seven to 19. It takes place every March at the NEC in Birmingham and it’s a way of showing children and more mature students what career opportunities there are in engineering and science. It's also a platform for STEM students to showcase their science and technology projects.
Our aim in supporting it via the Livery to help ensure we encourage our brightest young students to take up careers in science and engineering.
What is SIM's role in the Big Bang Fair?
It’s to work alongside Young Engineers to pick the two students with the best projects who can represent the United Kingdom at an annual international science and engineering fair in the US, called ISEF. It was a shock to us to find that very small countries like Macau took six to eight students to this prestigious competition and the UK took none. So we decided the role that we could play alongside Young Engineers would be to fund two students to go to ISEF.
Young Engineers helps us identify 12 to 15 schoolchildren’s projects from around the UK and the Livery, in conjunction with The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in Teddington gives the young people advice on how to improve the technical scope quality and presentation of their projects before they exhibit at the Big Bang Fair. We appoint a panel of SIM Liverymen who judge the projects at the Fair in the NEC, and choose the winning two, who are then further helped to fine tune their entries and their presentation skills in preparation for the international competition.
What’s the judging process?
Six to eight liverymen spend the better part of a day at the NEC inspecting the 12-15 projects. We generally split into two or three teams, and each team looks at every project so that we can come back at the end of the day and compare notes and reach a consensus. We judge the projects on a number of different categories, including:
Who won this year?
Two A-level students, Brad Stalker of the Energy Coast UTC (University Technical College) in Cumbria and Sudhakar (‘Sud’) Sivaneswaran of Sutton Grammar School.
Brad’s project was based on a real-world problem that his friends who live in nearby Cockermouth experienced when they were flooded out in the recent floods. He designed and manufactured a scalable device, built with bio-plastic, to upset the sediment flow in river water in order to prevent rivers silting up. This ‘vortex generator’ was designed using CAD and was 3D-printed. It also can be used to direct the flow of water, if necessary, onto a small turbine which can be used to generate power. The judges were especially impressed with the original research on the requirement and the clever use of design to create such a simple but effective solution.
Sud Sivaneswaran also presented a project which satisfied a ‘real-world’ problem. In his case he had designed a system based on coolers which used the Peltier effect to control the temperature of an aluminium block. This block was used to calibrate individual temperature sensors which could then be used within commercial refrigeration projects. During his project he investigated both air and water cooling, and incorporated an Arduino-based control system.
Both will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Phoenix in May to compete at the international fair. They also get the title of WCSIM Young Engineer of the Year and will be offered an Apprenticeship with the Company.
James Popper was named the WCSIM Young Engineer for Britain in 2010. After joining the Company as an Apprentice, he progressed to Freeman and Liveryman. He is now an Apprentice Master, mentoring a young apprentice of his own. As the WCSIM Young Engineer, he won an all-expenses- paid trip to take part in the International Science and Engineering Fair in the US in 2010 where he won first prize with his invention in the Best Electrical and Mechanical Engineering category.
What was the project that won you first prize in your category at the International Science and Engineering Fair in the US?
A kitchen fire detector. It’s an infrared fire detection device, designed to respond to fires rapidly and without false alarms.
What gave you the idea?
An elderly family friend went out of her house leaving a pan on the hob. She returned to find her kitchen destroyed by fire. She did have a smoke alarm but you can’t locate these in the kitchen because they get set off at the slightest piece of burnt toast. My idea was to come up with a more reliable fire alarm for the kitchen.
Can you explain how your fire detector works?
It ‘s a patented device which uses a sapphire crystal to filter out a very specific wavelength of infrared radiation and then measures how much of this wavelength falls on the detector. This type of radiation is released during the ignition of a carbon-hydrogen bond and so is released heavily by an open flame.
An algorithm monitors the rate at which the radiation is received and decides whether the radiation is coming from a safe source, such as a gas hob, or a dangerous source, such as a kitchen fire.
As a result, it can detect dangerous kitchen flames in a tiny fraction of the time it takes for conventional smoke and heat alarms - saving property, money and lives. And it can do all this with a near zero false alarm rate.
Have you won any other awards for this invention?
Yes, I’ve been delighted to have won several:
MassChallenge UK Start-up Incubator £50K Diamond Award Winner 2015
Cambridge University Entrepreneurs £5k Business Plan Competition Winner 2015
Winner of the Barclays' GradFactor Competition 2014
UnLtd Social Enterprise Award Winner 2014
Geoffrey Hellings Prize for Innovation winner 2013
BP/IET Faraday Scholar 2011
SET for Britain Engineering Competition 2011 prize winner
Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar 2010 invitee
BRE Innovation Award 2010 winner
IEEE President’s Scholar 2010
National CREST Science and Engineering competition 2010 winner
When did you set up your company, Sinclair Fire?
I set it up when I was still studying at Cambridge. I moved to London last summer and applied for – and got – a place in MassChallenge UK’s accelerator program for start-ups. At the end of the four-month program there was a Dragons’ Den style competition where I was lucky enough to win a Diamond Award. This provided me with funding of £50,000. And, thanks to contacts within WCSIM, I was also told about the Samuel Wilson Loan Trust which gives young Londoners associated with the City loans at very low interest. As a result, I have managed to fund the company myself and so have 100% ownership. We are now a team of four with offices in Wapping and have recently gained ISO9001. The fire detectors are manufactured in Luton – we don’t get them made abroad – and we work mainly with fire and rescue services, social housing providers and developers .
What are your plans for the product and your company?
My plan is to set up a sales office in San Francisco in the next couple of months and expand into North America.
Every year WCSIM sponsors the UK finalists of the Big Bang Fair to attend the highly prestigious International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) competition in the United States. Matthew Ardern was one of the two 2015 finalists. He won an award in the ‘Engineering – Mechanics’ category, which also came with a $500 prize. Intel ISEF is the world's largest international pre-college science competition, attracting 1,700 high school students from over 75 countries.
I designed, developed and built a Continuously Reciprocating Air Filter as my project. While undertaking work experience with Astrium, I observed the sand clogging problems with air filters for electronic equipment cooling fans. Having identified the problem, I went on to build a reversing air filter which uses two fans that change direction when the pressure drops inside the equipment. A pressure switch flips the direction of airflow when the fan filters are clogged, allowing both filters to be cleaned automatically. This avoids the need for manual cleaning or replacement of electronic equipment filters in harsh environments. As a backup, alarms are fitted to warn of malfunctions these are operated by a thermocouple and also by the pressure staying at 0 Pa.
How many competition stages did you have to win to get to this final – and what were they?
What was the best bit about the whole experience in the States?
The USA was an amazing experience as a whole. However the best part was being able to talk to and get to know other people from around the world who love maths and science as much as I do. I enjoyed looking at all the projects in each of the exhibition halls.
Have you won any other awards?
Bronze and silver crest awards (in progress for gold).
UKMT Senior Maths Challenge Silver award.
What advice would you give the UK regional finalists in this year’s Big Bang Fair at the NEC?
Value all the time you get with your judges, express every point about your project that you can. Use the public day before the judging day to your advantage - there will be highly qualified engineers there who may see other applications of your project. Talk to as many people as possible, this will also boost your confidence!
Where and what are you currently studying?
I am currently studying Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Computer Science at Aquinas College in Stockport.
What is your dream job?
To be an Electronics Engineer for Intel designing new desktop processors, or an Electronics Engineer for ARM (to whom I’ve currently applied to take part in work experience) designing electronics circuits.
Freeman Ruth Amos is an entrepreneur who won the Young Engineer for Britain competition in 2006 with her invention, The StairSteady, when she was at school. Today, she is Managing Director of StairSteady Ltd.
Can you explain what StairSteady is and how it works?
It’s a specialist handrail that helps those with limited mobility use stairs confidently and safely. Essentially it’s a Zimmer frame for stairs: the supporting rail is at 90 degrees to the wall or banister. The user can move the handrail up or down the wall but it locks in place when weight is applied. It helps those who have difficulty with stairs remain active – which is not the case when a stair lift is fitted.
How did you come up with the idea?
When I was studying for my GCSEs, my teacher's father had had a stroke and had been told to keep active but he wasn't able to do so. So my teacher set us all a challenge to design something to allow his father to walk up and down stairs. After my invention won first prize in the Young Engineer for Britain competition, I created StairSteady Ltd and launched the product in 2008 when I was studying for my A levels.
Into which markets do you sell the product?
We sell via a network of distributors throughout the UK and have a license to sell in Canada and part of the United States. The StairSteady is manufactured in a factory in Swansea.
Which awards have you won?
I’ve been lucky enough to be nominated for quite a few awards and I have won the following since 2006.
What are your plans for the future?
At StairSteady, we are currently in talks to expand into Europe this year. I am also trying to raise £400,000 investment for my latest initiative, which is to launch a toy and education company. I am currently developing a range of interactive figures to teach children basic subject knowledge and communication skills.
What is your role as a STEM ambassador?
I support various organisations and projects which aim to inspire young people to enter science and engineering – including Young Engineers, Your Life, and the Bloodhound Project. I am also a motivational speaker where I encourage the next generation of engineers and entrepreneurs.
For example, I help at school STEM days; I give graduation keynote speeches at colleges and universities; and I am an after dinner speaker at corporate events.
We interview Dr Alex Corbett who won the prestigious SIM Beloe Fellowship in 2015.
Q: What is your post doctoral research project?
The goal of the project is to build an optical imaging system that is capable of looking deep into tissue and acquire three-dimensional images at high speed. The reason for doing this is to capture rapid events within excitable tissues (such as contraction in heart muscle) at a frame rate high enough to directly observe the complex interplay of electrical and mechanical factors that contribute to a healthy heart rhythm.
The advantage of taking an optical approach to imaging is that there are a wide variety of novel dyes that can provide information on the functional as well as structural changes that take place within the tissue during excitation. Optical imaging data can then be combined with information from other imaging modalities (such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging) to determine patterns of behaviour across a range of spatial and temporal scales.
Q: What practical applications will this have?
As well as helping us understand the key factors involved in producing a healthy cardiac cycle, the aim is to understand the changes that take place on a sub-cellular level in diseased tissue. This information can then be used to inform models of disease pathologies and indicate the most profitable directions for medical intervention. By providing quantitative measures of the cellular response to different medications, this research will look to relieve suffering by accelerating developments in regenerative medicine.
Q: What subject did you research for your PhD?
My postgraduate research developed tools for imaging retinal tissue at the back of the human eye. The problem is that, even for someone with good vision, the optical quality of the eye lenses is far too poor to allow the cells of the retina to be resolved directly when looking into the eye. My work developed an adaptive correction system that allowed the imperfections of the eye lenses to be measured quickly and accurately. These measurements were then supplied to a flexible mirror which could compensate for the optical imperfections of the eye lenses and permit the retinal cells to be resolved.
Q: What does winning the Beloe Fellowship mean to you?
To be awarded the Beloe Fellowship is a great honour for me as it demonstrates that the standard of my research has been recognised by the established and respected scientists that make up the fellowship of Scientific Instrument Makers. The Beloe Fellowship is highly competitive with previous Fellows going on to make great advances in their field. It is very rewarding to be considered among their company.
Q: How will it help you in your research?
By providing a focal point for a broad network of instrumentation scientists, the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers provides a much wider audience with which to communicate the outcomes of my research. More than this, the critical response to my research from the vast wealth of collective experience across a broad range of backgrounds will help to inform and shape my future research directions.
In addition, by providing direct connections to active research scientists, there is the very real possibility of being able to exploit shared experience of mutual instrumentation challenges to fast track research developments.
Q: What are you looking forward to most about being associated with the Scientific Instrument Makers?
The Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers has proven to be very sociable, with a regular programme of meetings and events. I am particularly looking forward to getting to know the fellowship better and sharing in the collegiality of the Company.