UCL Mathematical & Physical Sciences


Careers event - Insight into Careers in Research Science

14 October 2019, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

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Are you thinking about in a career in research – but outside of academia? If so, come along to this panel event with researchers from a mix of mathematical and scientific industries.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

All | UCL students






Nikki Baxter


Sir Ambrose Fleming LT - G06
Roberts Building
Malet Place
United Kingdom

Following the panel there will be networking and nibbles. Get your questions at the ready and I look forward to seeing you on the 14th of October at 6pm!

Dr Neel Makwana

A Senior Customer Technical Service (CTS) Technologist at Afton Chemical, where his role is to deliver technical lubricant additive solutions to customers. Prior to beginning this role in June 2019, Neel was a Research Scientist at the Johnson Matthey Technology Centre. In this role, Neel conducted research projects to develop catalyst materials, and understand the science that underpinned the catalyst technology employed in vehicle exhaust after treatment systems. Additionally, Neel was involved in managing and conducting short-term innovation research projects, to identify new technology opportunities. 

Ana Yong

A Higher Research Scientist at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the UK’s National Measurement Institute. Here she leads the research into permeability measurement. This allows her to combine her engineering background with her academic research interests to deliver measurement science supporting multiple industries, from aeroplane wing manufacture to artificial brains. The main focus of her work is in composite materials, an expertise built over the last eight years. Possessing the opposite personality type to most scientists, Ana has unlocked how to use this to her advantage and have an impactful career in research.

Martin Vyska

A researcher and quant trader at GSA Capital, which he joined two years ago after a brief time at an investment bank. Previously, Martin studied mathematics at the University of Cambridge, where he completed both a BA degree and a PhD

Praveen Prathapan

At NASA, please see LinkedIn information by pressing the link below.

Praveen Prathapan

Allen Cao

A research scientist at Amazon with track records of technical innovation, focusing on machine learning (forecast, optimization and NLP) and algorithm design & implementation.

Charise Johnson

Charise currently serves on the 500 Women Scientists national leadership team. A recent former Sense and Science policy researcher and advocate for gender and racial equity in STEM and environmentalism. Before moving to the UK this year, Charise worked in the non-profit sector at the intersection of science and policy, ensuring scientific integrity and transparency at federal agencies and advocating for evidence-based policy solutions on a range of issues to protect the health and safety of the public.  Her research interests are innumerable, but can all be categorized under the umbrella of science and society.

Cosmin Stamate

Is a Researcher at the Science Museum. He has an MSc in Intelligent Technologies from Birkbeck, University of London where he took a particular interest in artificial neural networks, evolutionary algorithms and transfer learning between heterogeneous tasks using artificial neural networks. Some of his industry roles include data analyst for Tesco and Schroders and other healthcare start-ups. Currently, he is working towards a hybrid PhD which bridges the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck; the PhD is focused on developing novel deep learning algorithms with the help of population and cognitive genetics studies.