Engineer Profile: Helen Johnson

Engineer Profile: Helen Johnson

Case Studies Engineer Profile: Helen Johnson


What do you do at the MTC?

HR Business Partner.

What path did you take to get here?

The long path – via community development, marketing and sales … and, of course, a number of roles in Manufacturing and Engineering environments.

Which engineering innovations excite you the most?

Not necessarily an innovation, however as a HR practitioner I’m fascinated by the challenge of increasing the number of women in STEM and the impact this can have on industry – so much so I’m undertaking my PhD in the subject of women’s authenticity in Engineering.

Why is the Tilly Shilling Initiative important?

Inspiring and promoting women in STEM is vitally important, not just for women, but for engineering and the economy.

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

Do it! You’ll never look back.

Who is your favourite engineer in history?

My heroes comes from academia – my #1 being Professor Michelle Ryan (she discovered the phenomena of the ‘Glass Cliff’ and has undertaken research in areas linked to the development of women in STEM such as the role of gender, role models, equality, women’s ambition and leadership).

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We are working at the forefront of applied technology. The job is exciting and varied and every day brings a new challenge.
Dr Katy Milne
Technology Manager, Metrology and NDT