Engineer Profile: Alisa Duncan

Engineer Profile: Alisa Duncan

Case Studies Engineer Profile: Alisa Duncan


What do you do at the MTC?

My job title is Materials Quality Senior Engineer. When we research novel manufacturing techniques here at the MTC, it is important to know the properties of the material being used as it can really affect the outcome. My area of focus is the metal powder we use in Additive Manufacturing, so I have to make sure that the properties of the powder are known and traceable throughout its entire lifecycle.

What path did you take to get here?

I did a Masters in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Sheffield. After graduating, I was made redundant from my first role, and then struggled to find work in the engineering sector for nearly a year. Finally I got a job at the MTC as a Technician in our Metallurgy Lab and have never looked back!

Why is the Tilly Shilling Initiative important?

Engineering is such a fulfilling sector to work in, I think it’s a shame that there are all these invisible barriers preventing people from getting into it. Just think how many great engineers we are missing out on because they were told as young people that it wasn’t for them. The Tilly Shilling Initiative is working to break down these barriers and let people know that engineering is for everyone.

What advice would you give to someone interested in a career in STEM?

STEM careers are incredibly diverse and there are many ways to get started. Do a bit of research and you are almost guaranteed to find a path that catches your interest.

Who is your favourite engineer in history?

Ada Lovelace

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