The first line of a self-introduction is by far the hardest to write, so I will keep it short and sweet with: Hi, I’m a Simon Barker too! I’m quite glad Simon has created this “Are You Simon Barker?” section of his site and invited me to write for it, because whenever I do a vanity Google of myself to check nothing onerous has appeared, this is the website I always find. In some ways that is a good thing but, when people are trying to find me, it is definitely an issue.
I was born in 1987 in Clacton on Sea and since then I have migrated, via Sheffield for a spell at boarding school, up to Newcastle Upon Tyne for university. I managed to get a B.Eng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering tucked under my belt by the summer of 2008 and, at the time of the financial melt down, that autumn I was happily starting my PhD in the same topic. I would love to say that it was fantastic foresight of mine to avoid trying to get a job at the start of the recession but, in reality, I love engineering and a PhD had my name written all over it.