Hi, I'm Ali...
I love building things. For as long as I remember I have been a doodler, designer and a builder, using everything from Lego to robots.
I studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Warwick, graduating last year with a Masters in Engineering with Honours. While at university I focused where possible on the application of computing to real-world systems, with a particular interest in robotics. In 2010 I developed a reactive obstacle avoidance algorithm for autonomous tracked robots. In 2011 I worked on developing an arm for a remote rescue robot designed for locating and aiding victims in collapsed buildings and other unstable environments.
While at Warwick I worked as a part time web developer, slowly building a reputation among the various societies and some of the young companies growing out of Warwick Entrepreneurs. I've always been able to lay things out well and this coupled with a growing ability to code allowed me to develop websites that not only worked well, but looked the part also. As attention grew I began spending more and more time working on websites until, upon graduating, I took on web development on as full time job, working at design.byAli.co.uk.
I have over the years aspired to developing multiple, small and semi-autonomous online businesses, the most successful of which has so far been 'I Heart Mugs' (developed with Jon Bevan). I'm also working as a partner on several new projects; a simple and automatic website backup service and a company looking to develop casings for the Raspberry Pi.
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