Kate Goldup

Aerodynamicist, Racing Point F1 Team

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Always say yes!

What do you do?

As an Aerodynamicist working in Formula 1 I study the flow of air around the car. I use both computational tools and wind tunnel data to analyse whether or not my designs are likely to be an improvement on track.

Why did you choose this field?

Formula 1 is an incredibly fast paced and innovative environment to work in. The teams have to constantly develop the design of their car to stay near the front of the field and I love a challenge. The excitement of race days and having the opportunity to see the car in action so regularly is hugely rewarding.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

That I could work as an Aerodynamicist for a Formula 1 team. I didn’t know for a long time that engineering was this amazing field that combines maths, physics, and design. It was then even longer before I discovered aerodynamics and how that is applied to Formula 1.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I regularly get the opportunity to push myself and achieve things I didn’t imagine I could, all whilst being part of a fantastically supportive community. Working in STEM provides you with the opportunity to meet, learn from, and work with so many talented professionals.

Best advice for next generation?

Always say yes! Opportunities will arise that you don’t feel ready for but I would encourage you to take them anyway. You are more capable than you could ever imagine and you will more than likely learn something along the way.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.” - Coco Chanel

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