Meet the Immense Team - Monty Harr

September 3rd, 2019
Miles

Monty is a Graduate Modelling Specialist at Immense but is also a professional chef and a keen guitarist

Tell us a bit about yourself and what do you do at Immense?

I’m a graduate modelling specialist at Immense, I joined in August this year straight after graduating my theoretical physics degree. I really enjoy learning about new fields and problem solving within them so Immense’s innovation in the mobility space is really exciting to get my teeth into.

How did you find out about Immense and become involved in the company?

I was actually approached by a recruiter however when I heard about the Job I knew I had to put my all into the application process. I had conducted a small single lane traffic simulation during my degree and written a report on it. Reading some of the papers which informed that project really interested me in traffic modelling and I knew I’d love the job.

What would you say is the best part about working at Immense?

The atmosphere is really great, everyone is really friendly the welcome was amazing. As a new starter from outside of the field I’ve had my fair share of questions and all have been answered super helpfully by anyone who I asked. Everyone is willing to help and their dedication to delivering the product and projects is incredible. It’s a really tight team.

What would you say is the most challenging part of the job?

Being new. There is so much that Immense does, so many projects completed and in progress, so many bits of research and functionalities. Catching up felt overwhelming at first but everyone has been so willing to help and never made me feel like I’m asking a silly question.

What did you want to do when you were younger, did you always want to get into engineering?

I was actually asked this by a doctor when I was 4, I didn’t know what a job was at the time so I said a monkey. As I got older I knew I wanted to work in a STEM field and physics really took my attention. I could never settle though, I had a new dream career every week, researcher, teacher, rollercoaster designer etc..

What’s been your biggest career or acadmeic achievement so far?

Finishing my theoretical physics degree with a first, after having to leave university the first time round it was really nice to actually go back and get my degree. It was such a huge relief.

What advice would you give to those thinking about going into the engineering sector?

Do what you love, I followed my passions for physics and problem solving and it led me down the path of doing lots of little bits of programming during my degree. None of which felt like a chore because I really enjoyed it. I don’t think you can choose to be into STEM. You just find that passion.

One actual piece of advice, however, is that most people I know who struggled at university struggled because of the maths involved in their field. Learn the maths, if you find the right teacher or online resource (like Khan Academy) it’s great fun. Sitting round and moping that you don’t get a topic because you don’t know Stoke’s theorem or you’ve forgotten what a chi square test is won’t help. Just go figure it out, you’ll be a lot happier once you do.

What is the best bit of career advice you have ever been given?

I don’t know about best bit of career advice, but when I was at school I was told to be an investment banker by the careers lady, she knew I loved maths and wanted to make money so that was her advice. But I would like to think I have a little more mature attitude to work and job roles these days.

What do you think are the biggest challenges facing the mobility industry at the moment?

Public perception of things that could improve quality of life for all road users, things like self driving cars are going to struggle to take off if no one wants one. We need to make a real conscious effort, as an industry, to inform the public of the benefits of the innovations being made and put to rest any worries they may have.

When you’re not working what are your hobbies and interests?

I bake bread, probably too much. I play guitar and play 'Magic: The gathering'. It’s a trading card game, It’s recently been turned into a very good looking online game and it’s tonnes of fun. I follow the pro-circuit loosely too.

If you were stuck on desert island and could take three things with you what would they be?

Can I say my wife? If so her, then probably a guitar to annoy her with and my camping knife (because I’m stuck on an island). If I can’t bring Kathryn I’d bring an axe too.