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Summer Placement: Meet Tristan

We’re delighted to be welcoming Tristan to the Storm team this summer.

Having picked up a 1st in his initial year studying Materials Science and Engineering at Imperial College London – Tristan is spending the summer working alongside our MD, David, and Project/Ops Manager, Alice, on a project to look at the cultural and commercial impact of different styles of project management across small, highly skilled development teams.

As is customary, we thought we’d ask Tristan a few questions about himself so you can find out a little more about him:


Storm: What are your hobbies and interests outside work?

Tristan: I’m a massive foodie, which is great because the food scene in Bath is about as good as it gets outside of London. Food aside, I’m a big fan of good design and love it when I can integrate that into daily life. When it comes to de-stressing, I love getting out on my bike or hitting some squash balls round a court, which is great with a busy schedule.


Storm: If you could have breakfast with anybody in the world (past or present), who would it be and why?

Tristan: Elon Musk, the guy behind SpaceX and Tesla. I mean, talk about ambition – I think he’d be great to bounce ideas back and forth with. More than anything it would be interesting to get insight into the brains of a man who is attempting to make such a difference to the world we live in. Could we be cheeky and push it to brunch?


Storm: You’re currently reading Materials Science and Engineering as your degree. Why the summer placement at a tech firm?

Tristan: The course is really diverse, so I’ve got a lot of options when I graduate – I’m not sure if there’s a single job which incorporates quantum physics and hip implant design. For me, what is more important is that I end up working for a small company where my work makes a tangible impact. Given the booming nature of the tech sector, especially where I’m at Uni in London, it seems a natural fit to build experience at Storm.


Storm: How much wood could a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood?

Tristan: That depends if a wood chuck would chuck wood. What is a wood chuck anyway?


Storm: What is your favourite piece of hardware or software that you’ve played with in the last 12 months and why?

Tristan: I find the Citymapper app totally invaluable when living in London – if I’m in a hurry it can be a real lifesaver, and the design is super intuitive. Other than that, the Yoyo app is a convenient mobile payment system, which really jumped ahead of Apple Pay – I just hope Apple doesn’t erode it’s user base too much. Again, the design of the user interface is on point – an important factor given the limited size of phone screens.