Loughborough Alumni

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David Duffy

Invention Developer: Iprova

David graduated from Loughborough in 2017 with a B.Sc degree in Physics. He is now an Invention Developer at Iprova, a company which uses advanced machine learning technology to help create commercially relevant inventions.

Why did you choose to study at Loughborough University?

I chose to study at Loughborough because of the high ranking of the Physics department, as well as the friendly and tight-knit campus community of the university.

How has Loughborough University inspired you and helped you to progress in your career?

My coursemates and lecturers at Loughborough really inspired me to try new and interesting things, to take on new challenges and aspire to do well in whatever I’m doing.

Would there be one piece of advice that you would give to current or prospective students looking to study the same course that you did?

Get some work experience, either in summers, gap year or as a year in industry. Physics has a lot of bookwork and lectures, and it’s easy to forget how applicable the knowledge you gain is. After a bit of experience, you’ll find your academic performance improves as well.

Did you take part in any extra-curricular activities during your studies? If so, how did this impact upon your Loughborough experience?

I got involved with many of the societies during my time at Loughborough, including the running and yoga societies. These are great ways to develop your hobbies (or try new hobbies), meet new people, and relax – especially around exam time.

Can you tell us more about your current organisation?

Iprova is a really new type of company – we develop patentable inventions for our customers in new and surprising areas. These efforts are greatly supported by our team of software engineers and computer scientists, who develop machine learning software which helps provide the information we require to make the inventions. I am an Invention Developer, so my role is taking this inventive information and creating the inventions that we present to our customers. It is an interesting mix of technical and creative challenges, and the outcomes of the invention process are often surprising even as an employee.

Can you tell us about your career journey so far?

This is my first job after graduation – though in my gap year and during summers I got jobs at technology consultancies, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I think technology consultancies are great places to do gap year and summer projects if you want to undertake interesting technical challenges, and I learnt a huge amount.

What do you love the most about your job?

At Iprova we are always learning new things in new fields, and applying that knowledge to make new and interesting things. It is a creative process as much as well as a technical one, and really rewards curiosity.

What does the future hold for you?

For now I am very much enjoying my time at Iprova, so the future is creating even more inventions.

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?

There are many moments, but my proudest must be when I received positive feedback from a customer on my first invention. It is really satisfying to know something you’ve created will be patented and may be the basis of a new product or service.

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