Paul - Owner, Penguin's Lab
I currently reside in Melbourne, Australia,
and work for (perhaps unexpectedly) the banking group
Goldman Sachs. I received double degrees in B Eng (Electrical)
(Hons) and B Comm (Finance) at The University of Melbourne
in 2011. Currently I also teach finance and engineering
to students residing at Janet Clarke Hall.
One of the more engineering-like endeavours
I have going at the moment is the SwatchMate project,
a collaboration with two other partners-in-crime, which
was originally a final year engineering project. We
are continuously working on SwatchMate and plan to engage
a path to commercialization sometime in the near future.
Other interests include Taekwondo,
tennis, squash, piano and hiking.
You may find my LinkedIn profile here.
Otherwise please get in touch here
if you would like to discuss potential opportunities
either for Penguin's Lab or the SwatchMate project.
bit of history...
introduced to me by Mum when I was in grade 5 in the
form of a birthday present: Dick Smith's Funway Kits.
I meddled with the very basic circuits introduced to
me in the book and went onto Funway II. This later edition
introduced the concept of soldering and more complex
After that, things
began to escalate. From various information sources
on the net, I eventually ended up designing my own projects.
I explored different areas of the vast electronics field,
and in 2004, found myself designing and building the
mini fridge sized subwoofer
in my room (its still here!). During 2004, I also began
to work on a variety of high voltage devices such as
tesla coils, ignition
coils, and so on.
I took up work
experience at PowerWater, a utilities firm, in late
2004. They had a kind heart to provide me with heaps
more stuff to play with. This developed my liking to
radio communications, and soon after, in May 2005, I
sat an amatuer radio exam and acquired an amateur license
(callsign VK8NPF). During this time I also built a couple
of designs of fm transmission equipment.
Around this time,
I also got involved in photography. I very often cycled
to weird 'no-go' places to take photos. Combining my
electronics experience with this new hobby, I developed
a high speed photography camera setup, which allowed
me to freeze action down to a couple of microseconds.
There are a whole bunch of high speed captures lingering
In 2005, I got
bored and had a bit of fun with pulsed
high energy discharge experiments, which I had never
gone into depth before. My first publicly launched project
was 'The Balloon
Project', in early 2006, involving the aerial suspension
of a remote controlled camera using a weather balloon
Shortly after, I had a bit of fun with lasers!
Then, in seemingly logical progression, used a laser
for hologram creation.
At around the same time, a number of projects spiralled
out from nowhere, such as the induction
heater, and the LCD panel.
oscillate back and forth, and soon after emptying my
stock of holographic film for the holograms, I pursued
a number of projects such as the all time favourite
glass shattering experiment,
and a small marx generator.
A few years later,
I found interest in building a furnace,
which is one of my more well-documented projects. I
also made a number of gadgets for work, including the
FTACS and another in collaboration
with Rockbag and DJ known as the SwatchMate.
Mascot #1 - The Penguin
Mascot #2 - The Giraffe
Mascot #3 - The Elephant