Category: Thoughts

  • Thesis finished

    I finally finished my thesis, and handed in a copy for examination a couple of weeks ago. I’m now catching up with all the things I’ve not done over the past months, including sleep and updating this site. The actual process of handing in the thesis for examination was something of an anti-climax.

  • Research update: optimism and pessimism

    With about nine months to go until I am due to hand in my thesis, I am periodically cycling between optimism and pessimism as to how I am progressing. I know that I have managed to pull together a reasonably solid body of work, which my supervisors assure me will be sufficient to complete my […]

  • Overdue update on research progress

    I realise that I’m very much overdue an update on my research progress, having posted very little so far and nothing in the last year. Things are generally going well, although I still feel there is a lot to do and only a limited amount of time to do it in. This feeling of pressure […]

  • Taught component over, now onto the research

    Nearly six months ago, I finished the taught component of my EngD, and moved on to the research phase. My project is looking at physical scale modelling of offshore renewable energy devices in the new FloWave facility at the University of Edinburgh. This is claimed to be the world’s most advanced ocean simulator, a 25m […]

  • First semester finished

    I have just completed the first semester of my course. The course organisers were not joking when they described the taught section of the course as “intensive”. So far we have covered six modules, in each going from knowing comparatively little, to writing reports and presenting on the subject for 10-15 minutes just two weeks […]

  • Back to academia

    After nine years working for the multi-disciplinary consultancy Mott MacDonald, I have decide to go back to academia, and undertake some further research. I will be working towards an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in Offshore Renewable Energy at the Industrial Doctoral Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE).