We spoke to Ruth to understand how she got into her role as a Core Network Research Manager

Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Ruth Brown, and I’m a Core Network Research Manager. I always loved maths and science. My mum was a science teacher and my dad worked for BT. There was always technology in the house. When I was a bit older, I did work experience at the BT Labs and that solidified my passion for technology.

Tell us about your background

I had done work experience at the BT Labs while I was in school and, subsequently, worked there in the summers. Once I got my degree from the University of Kent, I came back to BT as a graduate. During the graduate scheme, I got an MSc in telecommunications, run by UCL for BT. At the time, I was working in a software team, but got chatting to someone who worked on mobile that I met through the MSc course. That sparked my interest in mobile networks. It’s the area that I found the most interesting and I always really enjoyed working on mobile and networking.

Are you a part of any professional groups?

Yes, I’m a chartered engineer and member of the IET. I also have the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) professional stamp.

Tell us about a project you’ve worked on

I enjoy testing, researching and recommending best practices to help with design as we look further out. One of the projects that I’ve been involved in was the connected ambulance. It’s like giving people a snapshot into the future.

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