Welcome!

I'm Paul, and i'm a Third Year Undergraduate Student studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland.

I have just finished my Year of Industrial Placement, returning to University to complete my final two years of study.

This website contains detail on myself and current projects I am working on, as well as detail on past and completed projects I have worked on. 

Activities and Completed Projects

Dachstein Caving Expedition 2019 (New)

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I attended the Dachstein Caving Expedition this year. Read about the 2 weeks I spent on the expedition in this latest blog post & trip report!

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Kent University Caving Club Visit Fermanagh 

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Arduous Planning allowed for Kent University Caving Club to take a week long Holiday in Ireland. Much fun was had, including my first escapades into Cave Photography. Find out more, including the pictures in this article!

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Irish Student Caving Forum 2019 

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This year saw TUD Caving Club (Formerly DIT Caving Club) host the Irish Student Caving Forum. It was a fantastic weekend with many events. This blog post dives into the weekend, what happened and what I got up to!

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Ireland's Largest Solar Farm - IET Tour 

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I was fortunate enough to be able to go on a tour of the Bann Road Solar Farm, owned by Baywe r.e. It was an interesting tour, especially since working in the Assets Management Department with NIE Networks, it provided an insight into the types of equipment present on the solar farm site.

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SUI Training Course - Single Rope Techniques Level 1 

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I was very grateful to be able to attend the Single Rope Techniques (SRT) Level 1 training course hosted by the Speleological Union of Ireland at ARCH in Fermanagh. During this course I gained reaffirming knowledge of my skillset surrounding SRT.

Coming Soon...

SUI Training Course - Cave Leader 1 Training 

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I was very grateful to be sent to attend the Caving Leader 1 Training hosted by the Speleological Union of Ireland at Gortatole in Fermanagh. This training will be the basis for me to work towards gaining a Caving Leader 1 qualification.

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About Me

I am a Third Year Undergraduate Student, currently studying a Masters of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Queens University Belfast in Northern Ireland. 

Currently i'm on my year of industrial placement with Northern Ireland Electricity Networks (NIE Networks), which is the Distribution Network Operator (DNO) for the Northern Ireland Electricity Network. My current role is as a Placement Engineer within the Assets Management (Substations and Plant), working realtime on all issues related to the equipment which is used to operate both the transmission and distribution electricity networks. 

I have a keen interest in outdoor activities, mainly caving, mountaineering and camping. In addition to this, I enjoy relaxing in the evenings playing on my piano or tinkering with computers.

My Interests

Caving...

It all began with a trip down to Aughnahoo in County Fermanagh with Queen's University Belfast's Caving Club (QUBCC) in October 2017 that got me hooked on this strange, yet exciting sport.

Otherworldly' would be a great way to describe caving as a sport, as it involves climbing, squeezing, crawling and mud - in fact, lots of mud! In the end, you are deep below the surface getting to experience the many fascinating and (sometimes) large caverns that lie below.

You can read more about my experiences of caving by clicking on the button below.

(Left to right) Paul McCarron, Daniel Black, David Hatton, before passing through Shannon Cave, Fermanagh, April 2018

Photography...

After working as a photography editor for the last 5 year part time, it was only recently that I started to take up photography in my spare time (and when I have a camera available to borrow!)

It mainly kicked off whenever I was tasked with taking some action photos during a wall practice session with QUB Caving Club for Queen's Sport by a fellow course member, who although enjoys flying planes, is completely feared of heights! Who knew such a combination could exist!

This helped to re-ignite my interest in the hobby, and I am continually trying to improve my skills in this area, getting out and about whenever I can. I hope eventually I can take the skills I have learned underground and experience the wonders of cave photography!

Bluebell Bloom, Portglenone Forest Park, 
Portglenone, Northern Ireland, May 2018

Electronics Hobbyist...

I started playing around with old printers and computers from a very young age, and quickly became that person in my family and friends who was instantly called upon whenever something when wrong. 

Since then it has spiralled out to everything, from building computers and repairing phones to tinkering with breadboards to create small fund projects to play around with. 

Now more-so than ever, I am trying to focus on improving my skills around programming languages such as C++ and Embedded C, to building simple websites using html.

Tinkering with an Arduino Uno, QUB Robotics Society, Dec 2017

Hiking...

My first encounter with hiking and exploration was during the completion of the expedition section of my Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards, and since then I have always enjoyed going hiking whenever I get the chance. 

My most recent journey was to Fermanagh to explore the Cuilcagh Mountain Boardwalk, or more commonly referred to locally as the “Stairway to Heaven.”

Mourne Mountains, Newcastle, Northern Ireland, July 2016