I learnt to play the keyboard when I was in Primary School and the Violin in High School. I am also an avid dancer and have learnt many styles from classic ballroom to hip hop.
I came to be involved in the project when Frances reached out to BAE while she was looking for female scientists to be involved with the Echoes from Essex project.
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I studied Physics, Maths and Chemistry in High School, where I discovered that I had a talent for all three disciplines, although I found Maths to be particularly challenging and interesting. I went on to study Science at the University of Adelaide, deciding to focus on Physics as it had the most practical application of the mathematical methods I had become so fascinated by in High School.
While I was studying for my master’s degree at university I was given the opportunity to be a tutor in the physics labs, guiding students through their practical experiments. It was very rewarding to be able to help the students, but I also learnt a lot of things that I had missed when I was running the experiments myself as a student.
Field Assistant Contractor
My first job out of university was with a geophysical exploration company. We were running electrical resistivity surveys on a patch of ground near Whyalla in South Australia for a mining company that was interested in developing the site. My main recollection, however, was how hot it was as we were working through a heat wave up to 40 degrees celsius.
My career started when I got a job with Simbiant, a defence based contracting company in South Australia. I was working with building and running simulations of defence-based systems. After 8 years I decided I needed a change and I moved to England in 2018. I was able to secure a position with BAE systems Applied Intelligence Labs where I am still building and running simulations.
Most of my work achievements to date have been with defence clients and are classified, so I can’t talk about them, sorry ;).
Did You Know?
When I moved to the United Kingdom from Australia a couple of years ago, I did not have a job lined up, and the only person I knew in this country left for Australia a couple of months after I arrived. I was able to find a place to live, job and friends within these last couple years and wouldn’t change a thing.
AN INSPIRING WOMAN
I am inspired by Marie Curie for proving that woman can win Nobel Prizes and Jocelyn Bell Burnell who made a major discovery in Radio Astrophysics while she was still a postgraduate student.