Super Seven #16 Ed Deacon
In the sixteenth of our Super Seven Questions Series we profile our IP & Marketing Intern, Ed Deacon. Ed studies physics at the University of Bristol and joined us in April, working with our Commercial Team. The internship was originally focussed on patents and IP, but we were so impressed with Ed’s CV we had to get him involved in marketing too.
1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m a final year Physics student at Bristol University and grew up in the South West. My Master’s project is quantum information related, so interning at KETS feels fitting!
2. What do you do in KETS?
My role has two parts: intellectual property (IP) and marketing. In terms of IP, so far I have been considering patents relating to quantum key distribution and quantum random number generation, the motivation being to allow KETS to develop their products with a clear roadmap. Marketing-wise, I’m helping refresh some materials aimed at customers and the website.
3. What’s the most enjoyable part of your job?
Working with everyone at KETS! The team is very friendly and approachable and I’ve had some great chats with people. I really appreciate that the team wants to know what I’m interested in doing and tries to make that possible in the context of the internship. In the future, I’m interested in working in the quantum technology sector, so it’s great being able to soak up lots of insights from the whole team.
4. What inspires you?
All sorts of things really; my family, friends, mentors and even a compelling book or film. In the digital age, it’s easy enough to find out about people across the world who are doing amazing things. Being a physics student, nothing inspires me in quite the same way as finding out about nature and how much (but also little) humans understand. The universe is nuts!
5. What advice would you give someone wanting to take part in an internship?
Talk to people. The most valuable and interesting part of a company are the people who work there. You never know where a conversation can lead you. Put yourself out there and don’t be afraid to share your interests or passions.
6. What do you do when you’re not at work?
Weather permitting, I enjoy going on bike rides around Bristol or the surrounding area. I dabble in DJing and have a radio show on 1020 Radio – a local Bristol radio station – which makes me good to know for birthday parties (Covid restrictions permitting…). Naturally, I’m a big fan of music of many kinds. I like reading too, though I wish I made more time for it…
7. What was the last book you read?
‘Sophie’s World’ by Jostein Gaarder. It’s a well-known book and I can see why. You learn about different philosophers through time starting with the ancient Greeks, through the perspective of a girl called Sophie. The storyline is really captivating and it definitely gets you thinking. I’d highly recommend it to anyone!
To get in touch with Ed, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org