Poppy Howe – Aerospace Engineering including an Industrial Year MEng Hons degree at The University of Nottingham.

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Poppy is studying for an Aerospace Engineering including an Industrial Year MEng Hons degree at The University of Nottingham. She is currently in her final year and has recently completed her industrial placement at BAE Systems, working in the Military Air and Information Division at the Warton site. She has spent time working on the Typhoon programme and in an aerodynamics role within Team Tempest.

Highlights from working at BAE Systems

One of Poppy’s highlights of working for BAE Systems was working on a site with a runway and getting to see military aircraft flying daily. While employed by BAE Systems, she conducted a 5-month secondment to Reaction Engines Limited where she contributed to their work on SABRE (Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine) within the Performance and Aerodynamics team as well as spending time within their Applied Technologies division.

She thinks that working in an aerospace engineering role is hugely varied with most days being unlike any other – at BAE Systems her work ranged from analysing datasheets to meetings with fighter pilots. Poppy believes that the skills that she is developing by studying aerospace engineering at university and through experience of working in the aerospace industry are moulding her into an all rounded and highly employable individual not only for the aerospace industry but also other sectors.

She sees logical thinking and decision making as key skills required for a career in the aerospace industry but believes that through working hard and an eagerness to learn that the aerospace industry is accessible to anybody who wants to be a part of it. Poppy’s advice for new entrants into the aerospace sector is to grasp the opportunities that come your way and push the boundaries of what you believe is possible.

She has been a Student Affiliate of the RAeS (Royal Aeronautical Society) since school and when joining university became an RAeS Nottingham Branch founding committee member. She has also spent time as the publicity secretary for the branch. In 2019, Poppy joined the YPC (Young Persons Committee) of the RAeS.

While at university Poppy was a founding member of AeroSoc (Aerospace Engineering Society) as well as having two years of experience as treasurer for the society, eventually leading to her becoming president of AeroSoc in her third year and is now the General Secretary.

Poppy has been lucky enough to travel the world extensively and loves airshows and if she can combine the two is more than happy. She has represented The University of Nottingham’s IAT (Institute for Aerospace Technology) at the 2018 Farnborough Airshow.

She tries to get involved in as many things as possible that promote both STEM and Women in Engineering and is a STEM Ambassador. During her time at university she has been both a student ambassador, representing the university at many open day events, and a careers ambassador.

In her spare time Poppy enjoys scuba diving and has a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver qualification, competing in and training at triathlon and skiing. She also likes attending music concerts and camping.

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