Ian - will teach or code for food!

About Me

A fairly busy sort of 54 yr old. Whilst teaching Physics in a Sixth Form in the North East I recently completed a Ph.D. in Computational Physics modelling the diffusion and crystallisation of hydrogen isotope ‘lattice gases’ in Palladium. I am presently developing virtual diffraction software to compute diffraction patterns from atomistic models i.e. directly from atomic positions rather than from an a priori known structure. I previously coded this successfully, the new version is reading from the standard chemical XYZ format and should be able to exploit CUDA for much faster parallel processing on suitable video cards.

My active interests include: precision gemstone faceting, fly fishing, dressing North Country Spiders, lock picking, silversmithing, photography, programming, LaTeX typesetting, electronics, being a dad to three small boys, developing educational materials, drinking espresso by the mug and cryptography.

I am especially interested in developing innovative 'STEM' (horrible term) projects, especially in geophysics. I demonstrated a solar-activity earth-field magnetometer project at the 2016 Newcastle Maker Faire. In 2017 I again demonstrated the aurora monitor and an Infra-sound monitor. Updated versions with full documentation will be at the 2018 Maker Faire. I am looking to find schools & individuals interested in forming a network of these systems. I am also developing a mobile gradiometer for geophysics surveys and, similarly - a proton precession magnetometer.

I am open to teaching job offers in the 11-18 or 16+ sector particularly in North Yorkshire and Teesside. I am also very interested in collaborating with universities on developing outreach activities in physics, geophysics, electronics and computing.

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