Growing up Sophie had no idea what she wanted to do as a job. Careers advisors suggested all sorts of jobs like accountant, teacher and even costume designer! Her family don’t have a science background and she didn’t know any engineers, or really know what engineering was, thinking it was something that involved spanners and hammers. But speaking to the astronaut Dr Helen Sharman, the first British person in space, Sophie learnt that you could become an astronaut through engineering.
Sophie did a degree in Mathematics at the University of Nottingham, and then joined BAE Systems on their graduate scheme. She is now an Aerodynamics and Performance Engineer and experiments with future concept military aircraft. This means that she uses maths to work out whether designs for future aircraft will fly, and if they do, how fast, how far, and what can she do to improve them.
Sophie loves knowing that there are aircraft flying in the sky that have her designs she has worked on, and that the incredible technologies she works with could help make holidays in space a reality.
For Sophie, engineering is all about being part of a team that shares a goal to build something amazing for the future, and leave a legacy. She loves that engineering is open to everybody no matter their background.