I grew up in the North-East of Scotland where at school I discovered an affinity for science and maths and was inspired by the Scottish Space School programme with NASA. I pursued these interests at the University of Edinburgh undertaking a Masters degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. During my undergraduate studies I came to Bristol for a 6 month internship with Rolls-Royce where I fell in love with the city, aerospace technology and the energy and satisfaction of working in industry, where science is leveraged to make practical achievements. Returning to Rolls-Royce after graduation I completed an engineering graduate training scheme and have since taken permanent roles developing new civil jet engines for service and in experimental development of gas turbines integrated with novel electrical technology. Within the Future Programmes department I now coordinate complex test programmes, research and publicise emerging technology opportunities and nurture/leverage innovation within the company by running an Innovation Den forum.