New CTO, Usman Waheed - 21/04/2022

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New CTO, Usman Waheed - 21/04/2022

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In order for you to get a better understanding about the work we do, we thought it will be a good idea to also show you who we are! Please meet Usman, our new CTO and professional photographer!

How did you come to be a part of the PolyMetrix team?

From when PolyMetrix was founded it has had a relatively small employee base with a very large supporting cast. I was one such supporting cast member, and have in one way or another been involved since PolyMetrix was the ‘Mensura Mask Initiative’ at Imperial College London in 2019. I am over the moon to announce that I will be joining PolyMetrix full time as the new CTO, helping making PolyMetrix’s vision a reality.

‍What will you be working on at PolyMetrix?

My primary responsibility is to further develop PolyMetrix’s proprietary biometric data processing system, BioTwin, and to integrate it into our own inhouse mobile scanning application. This will enable our product offering to be from data capture to digital output, making us the first company ever to be able to deliver every step for truly accurate autonomous digital fitting.

What are you most excited for? 

I'm very excited to be joining PolyMetrix as CTO. The company is fuelled by an energetic CEO and a solution to a real problem we face daily. Working alongside Samuel & the team I believe we can make meaningful change, and I look forward to progressing the technology further - pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved!

What were you doing before you joined the team?

For the past few years I have been working as an academic at Imperial College London, seeking to push the boundaries of technology and manufacturing. I completed my Physics degree at the University of Surrey, and then undertook a master's in Nuclear Energy and a Design Engineering PhD at Imperial College London. I also worked on several research initiatives, including 3D-printed face masks, bio-printing for cancer research and soft robotic manipulators to name a few. 
During this time I worked at a series of start-ups, being an integral part in developing their MVPs. From these experiences I gained a deep understanding of functional materials, in particular, bridging the gap between morphological systems and computing. 
Through all this I was fortunate to publish in leading journals and developed a curiosity for blue-sky projects and a solid foundation in early-stage technology development.

What do you like to do when you aren’t in the office?

When I’m developing new technology for PolyMetrix, I am a keen mountaineer and street photographer. In fact my love of photography has made me the de facto photographer for PolyMetrix! 

We are over the moon to have Usman on the team, work with him and see what he will achieve!