Many people think that PhD students just sit in front of a computer or at a lab, screaming by themselves all day. We met with Alfie Alsop and he proved this urban myth completely wrong.
You studied Physics and Astrophysics at the University of York. How did you end up in a Wind and Marine Energy Systems CDT instead of Mars?
Astrophysics was a really fun degree and I feel like I learned a lot by gaining a deep understanding of all the basic principles that drive physical and artificial systems. It’s a degree which is broad enough and gives you the flexibility to explore whatever you’re more interested in. My master thesis project was on a wind tunnel, testing wind turbine blades and the magnus effect. I quickly realized that I wanted to investigate the world of wind further and therefore I applied to the CDT.
How was your initial experience on the CDT? Was it challenging coming to a non engineering school from a non engineering background?
The first year of taught courses in the CDT was quite intense, with lots of workload and exams, but I got exposed to many new things and gained an overall perspective of how wind and marine energy systems work. The transition from physics was relatively easy, I just learned more practical applications of things I had already come across during my degree.
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