Emma Carter, a postgraduate student from the University of Birmingham, has been selected by the NOISE (New Outlooks in Science and Engineering) campaign as one of ten role models to raise the profile of science and engineering and encourage young people to consider the range of careers available.
The campaign, funded by the EPSRC ( Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), has selected the role models from applications received from all over the UK.
The EPSRC is the UK's main agency for funding research in engineering and the physical sciences.
It invests more than £500 million a year in research and postgraduate training, to help the nation handle the next generation of technological change.
A PhD student in her third year undertaking research at the University's Automotive Safety Centre, Emma is an enthusiastic advocate of engineering as a university degree and as a career.
As a mechanical engineer, Emma reconstructs crash situations involving pedestrians and cyclists.
Using a computer, the crash simulations look at how injuries occur when accidents happen and how the design of the car could reduce those injuries.
NOISE also aims to dispel the stereotypical images of scientists. Recent statistics show that the number of females choosing science and engineering degree courses, and female representation in the workforce is seriously low.
Emma knows how important her role in NOISE is: "When I talk to people about what I do, they automatically think that engineering is a man's job, but stereotypes just don't fit anymore. That's why I feel strongly about inspiring the next generation of female engineers and scientists".
Dr Andrew Bebb, from EPSRC's Public Engagement programme, says that it is important for young people to know about the opportunities in science and engineering.
"When most of us are asked to think of a ' scientist', we're still lumbered with that stereotype image from the 1950s.
"The NOISE role models are there to remind all of us that real science and modern engineering is a creative, lucrative, and flexible career opportunity - and one in which you can change the world in which we live".
When she is not simulating vehicle impacts Emma can be found performing stage combat, rock- climbing, in- line skating and scuba diving. n For more information visit www.epsrc.ac.uk.