Lucy Richardson

Lucy, from Cardiff, loves music and is fascinated by sound. She works for Dyson, developing products that are used in daily life. She is one of the acoustic engineers behind the Dyson Supersonic hairdryer and has helped invent quiet bladeless fans.

Lucy grew up surrounded by science experiments and family projects to make and fix things from broken toys to pieces of furniture.  She was also very creative. She danced, drew and loved music. When it came to choosing what to study, she considered everything from history of art to maths. She chose engineering as it let her be both creative and scientific. She studied acoustical engineering at the University of Southampton so she could use her passion for music and sound.

 

Before she went to university, Lucy didn’t know how broad engineering could be and was surprised to be studying in the classroom one day and then welding in the lab the next. Now her job is a mix between working on the computer and being more hands on – she might be coding, or pulling things apart.

 

At Dyson, Lucy is a senior noise and vibration engineer. Dyson makes many household products, from hairdryers and fans to the famous vacuum cleaner. These all need to work efficiently but can be noisy. Lucy’s job is to design improvements and do experiments in the lab to make sure the products aren’t disruptive but stay high performing.

 

Her job means she gets to travel and she has worked in Singapore and Malaysia. Working internationally means she gets to meet new people and develop exciting solutions to everyday problems. There is also plenty of room for fun – she was once challenged to make a musical instrument out of Dyson parts and made a violin out of a Dyson Airblade hand dryer! She then performed with it on stage, mixing music, creativity and engineering together.

 

Lucy loves that she solves problems as part of a team, as well as working with engineering students, helping to train the next generation of engineers as part of their degree. It’s very rewarding when she goes to a friend’s house and they show off their new quiet hairdryer or fan that she helped make.

Where to next?

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