I am currently undertaking my PhD in the Doctoral Training Centre in Low Carbon Technologies. My research focuses on improving operational efficiency in aviation in order to reduce carbon emissions. I am primarily looking at using cockpit technologies to fly aircraft with less fuel. Initially this involves modelling carbon emissions using different cost index values in the flight management system. The second part of the research will explore the potential to improve communication between different departments within airlines as well as different stakeholders within the aviation industry in order to implement such technologies. I have also been involved with research covering solar PV installations in UK homes and the efficiency of UK passenger cars.
I also participate in a number of outreach activities through my centre. I am the student ambassador for my DTC, which involves meeting with other ambassadors from the energy CDT network to make decisions on how to encourage research collaborations and public engagement activities amongst the centres. I also enjoy working with schools, encouraging interest in science, engineering and the environment through being as a STEM ambassador and as an Eco-Schools assessor. In addition, along with other members of the DTC, I have helped with the Leeds Science Festival and Cheltenham Science Festival, demonstrating renewable energy technologies. Other activities have also included helping to plan activities for the Green Man Festival's Einstein's Garden and producing a film showcasing the DTC's research.