Technician of the Year for Physical Sciences
Rod Wesson has been at The University of Warwick since 2011 after 14 years of working in industry. As Chief Electronics Technician, Rod’s main role is to test and repair equipment in the department, from mains leads to microwave reactors, ensuring the department has as little down time as possible.
Professor Alison Rodger comments: “I was running a limited time undergraduate laboratory and an experiment wouldn’t work. Rod responded to my panic immediately by rigging up a power supply to get the show on the road. He is amazingly competent, efficient and loyal – just making things happen.”
Rod often works outside his job description with projects like creating an automatic spreadsheet rota for the undergraduate experiments, or creating a laser holder from spare material to make it a quick turn around on the day.
“Working at the University of Warwick is a most enjoyable, challenging and rewarding experience”, says Rod. “It is an incredible environment to be in; surrounded by such nice and amazing people who challenge me with their requests to help them achieve their goals.”
Rod looks forward to working on future projects in the chemistry department. These include making a simple 3D printer for the undergraduates, which he hopes to interface with Labview to give the students a useful and interesting experience and get them working with industry standard software, and the dynamite plunger box and large display voltmeter for an outreach programme aimed at inspiring future scientists.
Chief Electronics Technician
University of Warwick