David graduated from the Department of Engineering in 2000.
"I took Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Economics A Levels at my school in North Wales. I decided to study Engineering at university because it included all the subjects that I wanted to continue studying, and also because of my interest in electronics.
I took a gap year, working at Shell's research centre in Chester. This was not only good experience but provided me with the relevant industrial experience, which is needed for the course.
I found the general overview given by the Cambridge course in the first two years helped enormously when it came to choosing a specialisation in my third year. I chose to study a mix of aerodynamics and information sciences options and, although my options were biased towards aerodynamics, I was still able to switch the bias to information sciences in the fourth year. My fourth year project was working on the production of 3D ultrasound images.
I spent a part of my summer vacations working for the Pi group of companies in Cambridge, who also sponsored me in my third year. I was put in contact with the company through Igor Wowk, who is the Industrial Experience Co-ordinator at the Department. He keeps a huge database of companies who are prepared to take on students for work experience. As a result of this work experience, I decided to stay with the company on graduating.
Pi produces automotive electronics and software, for use in production cars as well as in motorsports applications. My work currently involves programming engine control units in vehicles. Most modern cars have these units, in part to achieve the emissions and efficiency targets set by the Government. The company is relatively small, with 200-300 people, and has a nice working environment in the grounds of an old house just outside of Cambridge."
When he is not working, David plays volleyball and badminton, rollerblades and does various martial arts; all of which have active societies in the University.