OU on the BBC: Battle of the Geeks - Meet the Geeks

Updated Tuesday 26th September 2006

It takes a special brain to adapt to the challenge - and we've got some great brains. Meet the Geeks.

Eggs Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

Meet the teams battling to get their egg closest to the X…

The Geeks Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission

Left to right: Glynn, Leila, Jeff, James, Dustyn and Jim

The Orange Team
Glyn Hughes from Lancashire
Glyn is an inventor and ex-policeman. He is an independent researcher in prototype development for a lot of companies in renewable energy and heating and has designed and invented one of the world’s cleanest burning wood stoves for heating homes. Inspired by his ex-neighbour, Fred Dibnah, Glyn has also invented a special helmet used by Greater Manchester Police.

Dustyn Roberts from New York
Dustyn is a robotics expert with a Masters in Biomechanics and Movement Science; Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and a double major in Biomedical Engineering. Dustyn is currently designing a drilling robot for interplanetary deep drilling, has directed the assembly of a Mars lander subsystem, and is helping design a sample manipulation system for the MSL 2009 mission. Dustyn is likeable, relaxed, sporty, outgoing, and very smart!

Jeff Lieberman from Massachusetts
Jeff is a mathematician and performer who is also a graduate resident tutor at Bexley, part of the prestigious MIT in the US. Jeff is currently developing a process to teach and relearn motor learning skills such as dance and sports through a wearable robotic suit. He has also made four species of robot flower which generated music and lighting based on the behaviour of the viewer! Jeff is a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and in Media Arts and Sciences, focusing on Robotics. He is also a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics with a minor in Music. Jeff performs as part of a musical improvisational duo called GLOOB(IC) who begin with silence and build up complex loops and arrangements as they go along.

The Purple Team
James Tongue from the West Sussex
Silent film villain look-alike, James is also the friendliest, most genuine, enthusiastic drag-bike racing person you could hope to meet. Studied Mechanical Engineering and although he describes himself as a self-employed carpenter and joiner, his experience covers designing and building MRI scanners to magnets for nuclear particle accelerators for CERN and the aforementioned world record breaking drag racing motorcycle. Not bad for a man whose workshop is his garden shed…

Jim Dyke from Sussex
Mathematician, Philosopher, and all round nice-guy; Jim has degrees in Philosophy and Evolutionary and Adaptive systems so knows where we came from literally and figuratively. He is currently working towards a PhD within the Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics in Sussex. They are researching dynamic robot walking. Jim describes himself as a “classic garage tinkerer and Lego brain” and like Dr Evil, has also dabbled in rockets and lasers.

Leila Hasan from San Francisco
Leila works for NASA on panoramic imaging robotics. She holds a Masters and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from MIT. She is currently a consultant for a mechatronics design firm working on circuit design for solar powered lighting modules. The lead engineer on a real-time imaging thermal cycler, she engineered the automation and instrumentation for the Living Chip, a screening system for genomics and drug discovery.

The teams' efforts will be overseen by two experts, Kal and Ian:

Kal Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission Ian Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
 

For further information, take a look at our frequently asked questions which may give you the support you need.

Have a question?

Other content you may like

Studying Engineering Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime article icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Studying Engineering

Interested in studying engineering? Find out what study options and qualifications are available to you with The Open University. 

Article

Science, Maths & Technology 

Video
20 mins
National Science and Engineering Week Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com article icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

National Science and Engineering Week

11-20 March 2011 is National Science and Engineering Week. Watch Science Communicator Jon Chase try to get an egg into a bottle without breaking it or have a go at building your very own desk catapult

Article
Coming up on the BBC Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime article icon

TV, Radio & Events 

Coming up on the BBC

Coming soon to a TV and radio near you: highlights of upcoming programmes co-produced by the OU and the BBC.

Article
Wild Weather with Richard Hammond - Water: The shape shifter Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC article icon

TV, Radio & Events 

Wild Weather with Richard Hammond - Water: The shape shifter

The crucial role water plays is explored in this episode where Richard Hammond starts an avalanche. 

Article
OU on the BBC: Everyday Miracles ARCHIVE Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC article icon

TV, Radio & Events 

OU on the BBC: Everyday Miracles ARCHIVE

In this new BBC Four series, Professor Mark Miodownik uncovers the fascinating science behind the everyday stuff of our lives. 

Article
ATLAS presents... New Maps For An Island Planet Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC article icon

TV, Radio & Events 

ATLAS presents... New Maps For An Island Planet

Join the OU's Doreen Massey and guests for an exploration of how we navigate through a world as it changes rapidly.

Article
Bang Goes the Theory 8: Episode 2 - Cancer Creative commons image Icon Abhijith Ar | Dreamstime.com under Creative-Commons license article icon

TV, Radio & Events 

Bang Goes the Theory 8: Episode 2 - Cancer

This week the Bang team investigates if the tide is beginning to turn on cancer.

Article
After the towers Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © Aakaashbphoto | Dreamstime.com article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

After the towers

Ten years after the attacks on Washington and New York, do we live in the shadow of the towers?

Article