What’s the most unexpected thing about your job?
The continuing leaky pipeline for girls in engineering, despite all of the great initiatives and encouragement.
Did you have any role models when you were younger? What inspired you to do the job you’re doing now?
I can’t think of a specific scientist (I loved Star Wars and the gadgets) but I think subconsciously what definitely helped was my parents helping me to understand how the world works. They didn’t know the answers to my million questions but never said “I don’t know, go away / ask someone else” they said “I don’t know let’s find out together”.
Any influential toys during childhood?
Barbie, Little Professor calculator, simple Simon.
Your favourite subjects at school?
Physics, Music and Art
A-levels: Maths, Physics and Chemistry, undergraduate degree: Astrophysics, Master of Science: Radio Astronomy, PhD: Electronic Engineering.
Your reason for choosing this career?
On hindsight it’s because it plays to my passions in science and engineering but I didn’t think about it at the time. The main reasons were it’s fun and it challenges me.
Tell me about your career path to date?
Batchelors in Astrophysics, Masters in Radio Astronomy, Junior Engineer at Jodrell Bank Observatory (JBO), PhD candidate, senior RF Engineer (JBO), Lecturer Electronic Engineering, Senior Lecturer, Reader, Professor the University of Manchester.
If you could have any job what would it be? How does it differ from what you’re doing?
If I wanted another job I guess I’d be doing it. My job is awesome and I wouldn’t change it.
Your advice to a young person considering a career in STEM?
Fail…fail fast and learn.