July 29 2014 Latest news:
Safira Ali, Senior reporter
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
A former Brentwood School student has won a scholarship with Google with a life-saving research project.
Miles Aubert, 19, who has both dyslexia and dyspraxia, beat 2,000 other applicants to win the Google Europe Scholarship for students with disabilities.
He won a 7,000 euro bursary and a three-day, all-expenses paid networking retreat at Google’s Europe headquarters in Zurich, which included taking part in workshops.
He described the officers as “phenomenal”. He said: “It is mind blowing. Such a brilliant place to work.”
The scholarship is designed for students with disabilities studying computer science or computer engineering, who have shown academic strength and demonstrated a passion for computer science.
Miles, who is currently studying robotics at the University of Reading, will put the bursary towards funding his project research, a Masters and possibly a PhD in the United States.
His research idea involved using robotics and applied mathematics as part of crisis management. His robots, each with a specially-fitted camera, would evaluate structures following earthquakes or volcanoes and give invaluable feedback to rescuers plotting the safest way to free trapped people.
Miles praised the school for the early diagnosis of his dyslexia and dyspraxia and said: “The support at Brentwood is better than anywhere I have seen.”
And added that he now saw his disabilities as his strengths because they enabled him to come up with ideas no-one else has thought of. He has problems ordering text and writing coherently and has to type or dictate copy. “My Maths was always better than my English!” he said.