Q: What's the best piece of business (or life) advice you've ever been given?
A: Do something that you really love.
Q: What piece of advice would you pass on to someone starting out in engineering?
A: Follow your dream, don't be afraid to take chances to get there.
Q: What was your best career/business decision?
A: I really enjoyed my time in the private sector, but I'd have to say moving into academia at QUB has been my best decision.
Q: If you weren't doing this job, what would be your other career?
A: Rock star!
Q: What was your last holiday? Where are you going next?
A: My last holiday was in Spain skiing in the Sierra Nevada and I'm heading to China later this month.
Q: What are your hobbies/interests?
A: I love learning new languages (I speak Spanish, French and Mandarin) and also play the clarinet.
Q: What is your favourite sport and team?
A: I used to enjoy following football but have been too busy lately.
Q: And have you ever played any sports?
A: I used to play a lot of football back in the day, but my biggest passion was Taekwondo until injury forced me to stop.
Q: If you enjoy reading, can you recommend a book?
A: Too many to list! Hyperion by Dan Simmons, Lord of the Rings or any of Terry Pratchett's or Neal Asher's brilliant books.
Q: How would you describe your early life?
Q: Have you any economic predictions?
A: Being an optimist, I think Northern Ireland will really thrive as the new industrial revolution kicks in.
Q: How would you assess your time in business?
A: Exhilarating! I've always loved the world of engineering so to have been lucky enough to have worked in industry during such a time of change, and now to work in the university alongside industry, is a real pleasure. We live in an exciting era of technology and societal change - it's a great time to be alive!