Tim Hirsch

  • PhD student
  • EQUS
  • University of Queensland
  • Road-tripping around VIC/NSW

What do you do?

I’m trying to make a computer of trampolines—but not like the one in your backyard!  Each of my trampolines is a thousand times thinner than a human hair and way smaller than you can see with your eyes.  I have to make them using fancy equipment similar to what we use to make computer chips.  If I’m successful, this trampoline computer would consume very little energy and be good in environments like space where there is lots of radiation.

How did you get to where you are today?

I have always wanted to do something good for the environment but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do specifically.  I did a science degree at university and found physics and research were both really fun!  I am doing my current project because it’s really cool/weird and has environmental benefits.

What’s the best thing about your role?

I’m always getting to learn something new.  My thinking cap is on all day.

What advice would you give to someone considering studying science?

Go for it—being able to think scientifically is helpful everywhere, so you’ll definitely be able to use the things you learn while studying.  Physics skills in particular are some of the most generally useful and powerful.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Lots of sport, science fiction/fantasy novels, and I play piano too 🙂

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