After graduating with a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Surrey in 1991 I was employed on a research grant in aerodynamics. This led to the award of a PhD (part time) on the development of turbulent boundary layers and wakes in 1996. Following this I moved to the University of Bradford as a postdoctoral research engineer looking into the use of hydrocyclones for separations of yeast from beer and cider under the tutelage of Professor Martin Thew. After some time in industry as a contracting engineer developing cyclones for the offshore oil industry I returned to Bradford to join the IRC in Polymer Engineering where I was employed on the interdisciplinary and multi-university EPSRC grants ‘Microscale Polymer Processing’ and ‘Enhanced Polymer Processing’. Following these grants I have been working on the four year, £5.5 million pound program, Microscale Polymer Processing: Toolbox Development and Application (MuPP2), with the Universities of Leeds, Cambridge, Durham, Oxford and Sheffield. The broad aims are to follow well-characterised, tailored, polymeric materials from synthesis, through processing and into manufacture, using a range of analytical techniques including stress birefringence, particle tracking velocimetry, small angle neutron scattering, and small and wide angle x-ray scattering. See www.mupp2.com for more details. Further research interests are in the fields of reactive extrusion (one patent filed), rheology and applications of computer-based instrumentation to a broad range of scientific problems. I was appointed as a lecturer in 2006 and senior lecturer in 2011, am co-ordinator for rheo-optical and spectroscopic studies and sit on the Operations Committee of the broader IRC (see www.polymerirc.org).