My name is Simon Cooksey and I am a second year student at the University of Kent studying Computer Science with a Year in Industry.
I have grown up in Devon, and been highly interested in computers from an early age. I joined the computer club in year 5 at primary school and began using command line tools for basic disk formatting by the age of 12.
At secondary school I maintained my interest in computing and began to learn about programming. I started with Patrice Pelland's book "Build a program now!". I came in contact with the Network manager for our school and he spent time with me teaching me more about programming.
I first heard about the Arduino in March 2009 when listening to the FLOSS podcast and built my own Arduino from a kit. I have been in love with electronics since and continue to maintain my hobby with TinkerSoc at university.
My related tinkering projects can be found on the section of this website dedicated to it, here.
I'm studying for a BSc in Computer Science with a Year in Industry. I achieved a distinction in my first year of study, attaining an average mark of 75% over the 8 modules studied. This is a record I intend to keep up and better as I progress through my course.
I've been elected one of two course representatives for the 2nd year of my course, with Ed Lepedus.
I am also the Communications Officer for TinkerSoc a society to which I am very committed and enjoy very much. My role is to liase with other society members to keep them informed of activities and to get their opinions and views back to the rest of the committee. I also help design and develop projects with them.
In the summer before university a friend and I travelled in China for 6 weeks as a sort of "mini gap year" as neither of us wanted to take a full year out of education.
We started in Shanghai (pictured) and travelled to Beijing, Chengdu, Lijiang and eventually onto Hong Kong. We stayed in a Hindu monastery, and hiked to the Leshan Grand Buddha, explored the technology markets in Hong Kong, walked along the great wall and ate Peking duck, in Peking.
It was a fantastic experience, and I look forward to going back.