What do you do?
I am researching new more efficient and sustainable methods of sound proofing for Aircraft engines. The aim is to improve the noise environment, health and quality of life for those working or living near airports.
Why did you choose this field?
I was good at and enjoyed Maths and Sciences at school so decided on an Aeronautical Engineering degree. Being at an all girls science school I didn’t come across the gender stereotypes of women in STEM so this choice was not unusual to me. In fact a large percentage of my class mates went into STEM. My parents supported my decision not that I was to be swayed, but it gave me more confidence. During my degree I grow to love acoustics therefore perused a PhD in aeroacoustic research.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
I have led the Women in Engineering Society at my university which led me to become a very active part of the national Women’s Engineering Society. I now look after all affiliated student groups and represent the student voice on the Early Career Board, Councils and Members working group. Younger me didn’t even know there was a support network of Women Engineers now I help shape it.
Why do you love working in STEM?
The challenge. It can be frustrating, rewarding and exhilarating but never boring. I look forward to learning more and getting closer to my research goal even though it can still feel miles away.
Best advice for next generation?
Pursue your career your way, but not alone.
Ask questions, seek support and guidance from the STEM community as we all want talented people to succeed.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
“Don’t do tomorrow what can be done today.”