Sophie works at the very forefront of aerospace technology. She is embedded in the Team Tempest engineering team at BAE Systems working on technologies for Flight Control Systems to enable future combat air system capabilities. Previously, Sophie was part of the Concepts and Technology team, where she was contributing directly to the development of hypersonic capabilities, including applying technologies from Reaction Engine’s hybrid air-breathing rocket engine system (SABRE™) which could revolutionise travel from the atmosphere into space.
She has a Masters degree in Mathematics and is one of the youngest engineers to have achieved Chartered Engineer status with the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) at just 25 years old. What makes Sophie a truly exceptional and talented engineer is her creative and innovative approach. Her work on hypersonic air vehicles included building the necessary business cases and defining the product philosophy at each stage of development. She has also led a process transformation programme within the avionics department at BAE Systems, which involved engaging with 400 other engineers to streamline the avionics design process.
Sophie is an active STEM role model and ambassador and features in the Royal Academy of Engineering’s flagship This Is Engineering campaign to promote careers in engineering. She has also founded a not-for-profit organisation which reaches out into schools using video call technology to connect schools to STEM ambassadors, making it easier for schools to benefit from outreach. In December, the Institution of Engineering and Technology announced Sophie is the 2018 Young Woman Engineer of the Year and is a Royal Academy of Engineering ‘Young Engineer of the Year’ for 2019.