On Thursday 23 January 2020, Hub Research Fellow Dr Katie Addinall gave a lecture to 40 foundation year Mech Eng students on Women in STEM. Katie’s lecture included contributions from PhD student Abi Jack and third year Mech Eng student Eliza Cook. The purpose of the lecture was to promote the women in STEM at the University and to highlight the many and varied career paths available in engineering.
Katie spoke about her journey in engineering from undergraduate to post PhD Research Fellow. She offered advice on developing a wide range of skills and taking opportunities to disseminate knowledge to as wide an audience as possible. Katie also discussed research she has worked on in forensic ballistics and tool mark identification which is her area of expertise.
Both Eliza and Abi talked about their experiences as engineering students. In addition, Abi discussed her motivation in choosing to study engineering which was to generate ideas, innovate, build and create a better world, as well as exploring a range of engineering career options in both industry and research.
The lecture is part of an ongoing university initiative to encourage more women to study STEM subjects and pursue careers in these areas.