Science-fiction enthusiast, Raymond Harrison is pursuing his passion in physics to maximise our understanding of the universe and improve our way of life.
Bachelor of Science
I am working on error correction for quantum computers in order to build and use them more reliably.
Here I’ve learned valuable computer coding and simulations skills – very useful when working in theoretical and experimental physics.
I’ve always had a curiosity for how things work and I love science fiction, so naturally I’m pursuing my studies in science: majoring in physics.
RMIT has a real focus on practical experience and I’ve found that the close-knit academic community provides exposure to a lot of interesting opportunities.
I’ve completed a number of research projects, receiving valuable experience as I apply classroom learning to real problems faced by scientists today.
The labs at RMIT are well-equipped and students have access to resources such as the remote desktop as well as an informal learning space in the physics department.
For my compulsory research project, I am working on error correction for quantum computers in order to build and use them more reliably. Here I’ve learned valuable computer coding and simulations skills – very useful when working in theoretical and experimental physics.
During the summer I received a scholarship to work on an information transport processes project for particular quantum computer architectures where I gained experience as a research team member learning to solve a more complex system independently.
I also had a stint working in quality control for a detergent factory where I used chemistry knowledge gained through the initial part of my degree.
University is an amazing time to socialise, try new things and make lifelong friends. My advice would be to overcome your shyness as soon as possible and to remember everyone is in the same position.
With classes, you get out what you put in. So it’s worth knuckling down for 12 weeks each semester to do well. There’s always plenty of holiday time to socialise and have fun!
I am currently applying for postgraduate study and I’m aiming for a career in research: pushing the limits and increasing our understanding of the universe.