Category Archives: Engineering

Rebecca Godridge

Rebecca has an MEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Bradford which involved three industrial placements in Leeds, Antwerp (Belgium) and Cambridge.  In 2007 Rebecca went on to start an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in Formulation Engineering with the University of Birmingham.  The EngD studies were carried out in industry at a large multi-national household goods manufacturer in the field of granular detergent storage stability, where Rebecca developing expertise in microscopy, sorption isotherm measurement and computational modelling.

Rebecca is currently working for Rolls Royce as a Technical Engineer in the Submarines group, working towards chartered status with the Institute of Chemical Engineers.

She can answer questions about postgraduate study (particularly EngD’s), Chemical Engineering and related fields.

Amy Barley

Amy graduated from the University of Birmingham with a BEng Honours in Engineering with Business Management. She then joined the Rail Industry, starting the Graduate Scheme at Bombardier Transportation in September 2007. Bombardier Transportation is the world leader in rail technology with a presence in more than 22 countries, with over 100,000 vehicles in operation. Since being with the company she has spent time with:

  • Fleet Engineering, investigating issues with the day to day running of trains
  • Integration Engineering, assessing modification submissions
  • Materials Engineering, assessing the application of materials and their fire properties
  • Depot Operations, working with the team to get the trains into service
  • Predictive Services Engineering, working with the team to assess the maintenance plans

In September 2009 she starts her first appointment in Materials Engineering. She is also two years into her Initial Professional Development working towards Chartered Engineer status.
She can answer questions on studying Engineering, the Rail Industry, Graduate Schemes and Initial Professional Development.

Fiona Hamilton-MacLaren

Fiona Hamilton-MacLarenFiona completed her masters degree in Civil Engineering with an industrial placement year working for the Environment Agency in 2008. Fiona is now researching sustainable construction for her PhD at Loughborough University. She has worked in industry, both in an office and in the field.

Fiona can answer questions on civil engineering, sustainable construction, the experience of working on construction sites and the undergraduate and postgraduate study experience.

Katy Milne

Katy MilneKaty graduated with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Strathclyde University in 2005. During her undergraduate degree she did summer placements with Rolls-Royce and Procter and Gamble and spent a year studying Engineering in Italy. She is currently studying for an Engineering Doctorate (EngD), looking at inspection technologies for Rolls-Royce and supervised by Imperial College. High quality inspection is important in the aerospace industry because safety is so important. The same inspection technologies can be used in many different industries for numerous applications, including nuclear power plant, car components and wind turbine blades. An EngD is a type of PhD, where the research is based in industry and the student also does courses on technical and management subjects.

During her EngD, Katy did a three-month placement at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) in London sponsored by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. POST produces briefings for MPs and peers on a range of science and technology subjects. The briefings are available at

Katy can answer questions about studying Engineering, studying abroad and postgraduate opportunities for Engineers and Scientists.

Sue Riley

Sue has been a systems engineer with Rolls-Royce in Derby for over 30 years, and is currently a Staff Technologist in Control Systems. She graduated in Mechanical Engineering at Loughborough University and has an MSc and a PhD, both by research, sponsored by Rolls- Royce, and she is a Chartered Engineer with the Royal Aeronautical Society. She has worked on in-service and new aero-engine control systems, and in research.  Her work involves systems aspects of controls e.g. designing both the physical and electronic interfaces of engine control systems. She uses computers in her work as well as being involved in testing of engines in Derby, Bristol and Europe.

She can advise on design aspects of engineering and the management of small projects, including collaboration with other companies and universities for research purposes. She is also willing to answer questions on how to raise several children without having any career breaks.

Joanna Brahova

Joanna BrahovaFollowing a degree specialising in the teaching of technical subjects, Joanna spent time studying Mechanical Engineering in the Czech Republic, Mexico and Spain. She has worked in several major companies in many aspects of manufacturing and mechanical engineering including information security, 3D design, product development and market research. She currently works as a senior project manager for Brush Turbogenerators Division of Melrose plc.

Joanna can provide advice on many aspects of manufacturing and mechanical engineering. She is also linguistically gifted, speaking seven languages and still learning more!

Sophie Low

Sophie Low

Sophie Low

Sophie was educated in New Zealand, obtaining an Honours Degree in Technology from Massey University and studying various postgraduate courses as she worked as a Project Manager for various multi-national companies, moving into product development and management until becoming a Capability Engineer for Alcatel-Lucent.

She then studied for diplomas in personal & professional coaching before setting up her own company Hughes & Low (www. where she is involved in training, problem-solving, facilitation and coaching focused on effective people, processes, teams and leadership. She also works with individuals & teams to help increase personal and operational effectiveness.

She can answer OpeningDoors questions on many different aspects of engineering and personal development.