Hi, I’m Erin Nolan and I’m currently working on my PhD in soft robotics with variable stiffness actuation for surgical applications at University College London under Dr Helge Wurdemann, Professor Mark Miodownik, and Professor Sarah Spurgeon!
I dabble in many buzzword-filled things like machine learning, entrepreneurship, and robotics, and am generally considered to be doing too many things. According to the psychologists I have a high IQ, I am significantly Extroverted and Open to new ideas in the NEOPIR analysis, and I have ADHD with some occasional Anxiety thrown in the mix.
I previously completed my Electrical and Mechanical Engineering BEng at the University of Edinburgh where I was a member of a variety of other clubs and societies from CompSoc to Cricket, Wakeboarding to Murder Mystery, and was the Lead Engineer in the University’s first solar vehicle team – Edinsolar .
Amongst everything else I occasionally work on a personal project developing ‘OneStep’, my invention to aid walking devices, such as crutches or walking canes, on soft terrains like sand and mud. It started as a self-made brief for my Design & Technology A2 coursework but I have since continued working on it with a possible aim of even manufacturing it. Through the project so far I have won various awards, including representing the UK at Intel ISEF 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.
In 2012/2013 I completed a ‘gap year’ with the EDT’s Year In Industry Scheme with the STFC’s ASTeC Vacuum Science group, researching the ultra high vacuum science of particle accelerators and superconducting thin films at Daresbury Sci-Tech.