Dr Andrew Reid is an electrical engineer whose main research interest is in bioacoustics, the study of animal hearing with the goal of making microphones and sensors that mimic their abilities. As a result of this he doesn’t actually do much electrical engineering. He tells people in engineering conferences that he’s a biologist and people in biological conferences that he’s an engineer as a way of lowering expectations in his audiences.
Recently he has been investigating the use of 3D printing to make soft, small sensors and actuators out of plastics and rubbers at the microscale. Mostly the goal of this type of research is to design more flexible and better controlled medical instruments for diagnosis and drug delivery, but it also has the advantage of allowing him to continue not doing any electrical engineering.