I'm constantly impressed each year by how students take on the challenge of this course and come to enjoy and master the subject.
We investigate ways to use electromagnetics to see inside things for inspection purposes. This may be the microstructure of a steel component, the quality of food, detecting whether a person is carrying a hidden weapon or just a mobile phone, or detecting buried objects.
Although we inspect a wide variety of different objects in different applications, the underlying principle is to solve an inverse electromagnetics problem. This usually involves formulating a mathematical model to describe the signals we receive and then inverting the process to determine the object's characteristics from the signals. We also build and test systems using these techniques. The ability to translate our research into practice is also an important part of our work.
In this School we cover the complete electronic and electrical spectrum from nanoelectronics to high voltage, power systems. Although this is a big school, the staff are still very friendly, approachable and easy to work with.
I teach first year electromagnetics, which isn't the easiest of topics to get into at first - there are a few strange concepts to understand. But I'm constantly impressed each year by how students take on the challenge of this course and come to enjoy the subject. Each year students find new ways of understanding and appreciating it.
I'm lucky enough to have good connections with many companies and organisations. This helps to give an overview of what's new, as well reinforcing the importance of covering the fundamentals. I try to use my research endeavour to inspire my teaching.