What is your favourite part of working at AVID?
“We’re small, we’re agile, the company itself is older than most EV tech companies, but in our mentality, we kind of have that feeling of freshness. We’re kind of like the Tesla of the EV tech suppliers, Tesla have been going for 10-15 years trying to sell electric vehicles, and through most of that time, people have been laughing at them. We’ve been here since 2008 trying to help electrify vehicles, we’ve been selling 48V fans for a couple of years now and everyone kept laughing at us, and it’s just all coming to play and we’re like, we told you.”
Why is EV technology important to you?
“Well, I would say it’s not so much that it is important to me, but that it is important to the environment, and I care about the environment. I do my bit by recycling, I drive a bike to work most days of the week, and hopefully one day I’ll be driving an electric car on the other days. But for those who can’t cycle to work, EVs are an important step towards preserving the environment.”
What part of your job do you enjoy the most?
“For me, being a software developer, knowing that there’s software in almost everything that you interact with every day, taking any real electronic component these days and there will be software, lines and lines of code in there allowing it to do its job. Especially cars, I read a couple of books and they say that a Windows operating system has around 40,000,000 lines of code, which is fantastic, but average statistics, from my recollection state that a single vehicle could have at least 120,000,000 lines of code. Even car seats, each seat will have its own processor in some shape or form, it might not do a lot but it still actuates and controls something, needing however many thousand lines of code. So it’s nice knowing that something we make, something I understand and am passionate about, is inside these products which go into some amazing cars and trucks and other vehicles.”
Who would you say is your idol?
“I would have to say Alan Turing, I would say that he was, in my mind, the first person to define the concept of programming in the software engineering context. And another reason, perhaps the main reason, being because he was so greatly misunderstood by the society of those days, and I kind of feel like it’s one of those times in humanity’s timeline where you can pinpoint and say we did something wrong, as a society. And if you take Einstein’s saying on doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results being the definition of insanity, who are we misinterpreting now who may be beneficial to us, to the world in 20, 30, 40 years’ time.”
If you could transport AVID to any location in the world, where would it be?
“I would have to pick the lake district, that’s my go-to place and I love to be there, also they have a lot of owls there and I like owls. My cat hates them though.”
What is your favourite thing to do in the North East?
“Just being here, just living. The North East is the only place I’ve lived since moving to the UK, and I’m thoroughly enjoying living here.”