Jessica Harrison

Final year MEng Materials Engineering student

What work are you currently doing?

During my final year project, I worked alongside a PhD student who used lasers to melt metallic powders. This is essentially the initial stage of additive manufacturing (or 3D printing). My work involved looking at the samples she made under a microscope to see how the shape and size of the melted powder deposits changed with varying process parameters, like velocity and laser power.

What is one thing you’re proud of?

I would have to say being a member of the LUWES committee 2020/2021, especially during the pandemic. This offered the opportunity to collaborate with some great female engineers. I am particularly proud of organising a STEM Club virtual outreach series, aimed at inspiring younger generations of future engineers.

What advice would you give to women considering a career in STEM?

The field of engineering is so broad and includes many disciplines - if you are at all interested, do some research to see which type of engineering best suits your interests and skill set. Personally, I found my engineering discipline through attending events, work experience opportunities and shadowing engineers.