Former Brentwood student wins Google scholarship
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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.
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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.
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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.