Laura is a graduate at BAE Systems, working in the Military Air and Information Division. Prior to joining the company’s graduate scheme, she was on their undergraduate scheme whilst studying for her degree in Systems Engineering at Loughborough University. Whilst with the company, she has had a number of varied placements working on the Typhoon, Hawk and F-35 programmes, and discovered that she has a strong interest in Human Factors Engineering. She recently dipped out of Engineering to undertake a placement in HR in order to gain experience of the business from a different perspective. Outside of her day job, she is an active STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Ambassador and is committed to encouraging more young people to consider careers in STEM. In her spare time, Laura likes to play roller derby. As a YPC member, Laura hopes to improve engagement within the young members’ network and the society, and encourage young members to explore all that the society has to offer, giving them the best opportunities to develop their careers.
Robin is currently studying for an MEng degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College London. He complements his studies with work experience in industry, first at SAAB Group in Sweden and in the summer of 2016 at Martin-Baker. Robin started volunteering for the RAeS as a YPN rep to the 150th Anniversary Working Group, and then begun liaising with the YPC. In that role he has overseen the acquisition of the Society's very own wind tunnel. This included a STEM outreach assembly and testing week for local school children in the Bedford area, run with the assistance of volunteers from Lockheed Martin UK, ARA and the local RAeS branch. He recently joined the YPC, and is keen to ensure that the Young Members of the Society have access to the same opportunities that he has had.
Dan graduated from Sheffield Hallam in 2012 and now works for Leonardo Helicopters in Italy. Some of his greatest achievements to date are gaining a 1st in his degree, securing a secondment in Italy and learning to snowboard. The most interesting piece of work Dan has been involved with is the definition of a new helicopter build line, implementing lean principles. The most interesting product he has been involved with is the AW609, a civil Tiltrotor aircraft due to be qualified in 2017. Dan’s interests are snowboarding, cycling, scuba diving, drone/extreme sports videography.
James is a second year undergraduate apprentice working at Airbus, Filton near Bristol. His role sees him moving around the company in various different departments. James undertakes 3 month placements in design or stress departments on various different aircraft programmes. Whilst doing his placements James is studying for a BEng in Aerospace Engineering at the University of the West of England. James is a new member of the RAeS young person’s committee, representing apprentices. He is working towards achieving his IEng accreditation at the end of his apprenticeship. This year James hopes to start gliding, with the intention of completing his first solo flight later in the year.
Neale is undertaking a PhD on the simulation of the ship-helicopter dynamic interface at the University of Liverpool after having completed his Masters in Aerospace Engineering at Queen's University Belfast with a year-long placement working on rotorcraft performance analysis at Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL) as part of the Ministry of Defence.
His research is currently directed in supporting the successful integration of the F35-B Lightning II with the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) aircraft carriers focussing on how the aerodynamics over the ship may affect STOVL/VTOL aircraft. This is being done with the aid of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and compared with experimental measurements using Acoustic Doppler Velocimetry (ADV) in a large water channel. Future research will look to include the integration of several aircraft platforms including rotorcraft with the QEC.
Neale has been an active member of the society for several years and hopes to encourage engagement with young members, highlighting the benefits and opportunities available to them as they start out in their careers.
William graduated from City, University of London in 2013 with an honours degree in Air Transport Operations & Management BSc and is now working as an Aviation Analyst at Mott MacDonald Group’s Aviation Transaction & Business Advisory Services (ATBAS). Prior to joining Mott MacDonald, William worked as an Aviation Analyst and then Senior Aviation Analyst & Consultant in a consultancy firm in London for nearly three years. Since William joined the Society in 2011, started with the Young Person’s Network (YPN), he has been actively involved in many Society activities at HQ and the Heathrow Branch. At Heathrow, he serves as a Committee Member and the YPN Rep – actively linked in with other Young Members in the local area promoting the Society to its local institutions, businesses, colleagues and stakeholders, as well as organising young member focused events. At the Society HQ, William is also a member of the Air Transport Specialist Group, where he often gains a wealth of knowledge and industry connections thorough range of lectures, conferences and networking events.
Danny graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2013 after attaining a First Class MEng in Aerospace Engineering w/Pilot Studies. Post studies, Danny joined the Leonardo Helicopters Graduate Scheme in Yeovil, where he continues to work at today as an Avionic Systems Engineer. The most interesting projects he has been involved in within the Company include the design and development a completely new Digital Automatic Flight Control System for the AW159 Wildcat Helicopter, sitting in the back of an AW101 CSAR Helicopter at 10,000 feet with the rear ramp open during limit load flight testing, and cycling 800 miles from Milan to Yeovil as part of a team of 8 to raise over £16,000 for the British Heart Foundation for his Graduate Community Project.
Danny has been actively involved with the RAeS for many years, volunteering at various capacities throughout the Society. He is the Newsletter editor of the Yeovil Branch, and a member of the Membership Grading Board. As a keen advocate for STEM and Young Persons activities, Danny organised a large Cool Aeronautics event at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in 2016 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the RAeS, and in 2017 was involved in organising the Yeovil Branch Henson & Stringfellow Dinner and Lecture as well as the Young Persons Network Forum in Bristol.
Whilst on the Young Persons Committee, Danny aims to improve Young Persons engagement with the Society nationally, through highlighting the achievements of the most active Young Members and providing them with access to more resources to achieve their projects.
Ellie is a First Officer with British Airways after completing the BA Future Pilot Programme in 2016. She flies the short haul network on the Airbus A320 fleet out of Heathrow. Ellie studied Aerospace Engineering at the University of Manchester before accepting a place on the FPP midway through her studies. As a Pilot Ambassador for British Airways, she provides an insight for young people wishing to make a career in the airline industry.
Ellie has been an active member of the Heathrow Branch committee since 2012 and enjoys working with both the branch and main society to encourage young people to follow their passion in aerospace.