Jake completed an MEng in Product Design Engineering at Loughborough University in 2017 and also undertook a placement year at J C Bamford Excavators Ltd where he experienced three roles in Research, Design and Development. Jake also held a placement at Underhill Engineering Ltd where he worked in Engineering Operations.

The initial aims of his PhD are to investigate feasible applications for SMART systems in excavations which will ultimately improve safety and productivity. The project is supervised by Dr Laura Justham and sponsored by J C Bamford Excavators.