Dr Lucy Rogers

In preparation for her portfolio career in engineering, Dr Lucy Rogers undertook a BEng in Mechanical Engineering at Lancaster and stayed on to complete a PhD studying how bubbles are formed in equipment used to fight petrochemical fires. 

Choosing Lancaster

Lucy was initially attracted to Lancaster due to the reputation of its engineering degrees, the campus facilities and its excellent location. “I liked the fact that Lancaster was a campus, had a swimming pool, accredited engineering degrees, and was by the sea,” she says.

A fascinating career

When asked about her career, Lucy says: “I make things, I turn science into plain English and I hack robot dinosaurs.” Her highly successful and varied portfolio career includes having written ‘It’s ONLY Rocket Science: An Introduction in Plain English’ – a book which explains the key concepts of rocket propulsion systems in terms that those without extensive engineering knowledge can understand. Other examples of her work include programming animatronic dinosaurs at Blackgang Chine Theme Park on the Isle of Wight, calculating the probability of spacecraft being hit by debris, and delivering talks regarding space on television and radio. She was also an associate lecturer in foundation electronics at Oxford Brookes University, and is a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Royal Astronomical Society and the British Interplanetary Society.

Excellent facilities

During her time at university during the 1990s and early 2000s, Lucy found the computing facilities available to students invaluable to her studies. “I made extensive use of the computer rooms, which had 24 hour access,” she says. “This was especially useful during the days before everyone owned one!”

Industrial placements

Lucy has found the time working in industry that she undertook while at Lancaster invaluable, and advises prospective students to gain sponsorship by industry if possible. “I did a placement at Rolls Royce Industrial Power Group, working there during my holidays and for a year between my second and third year,” she explains. “If you can get sponsored by industry, I would advise you to do so!”

Lucy feels that the skills in project management that she learned at Lancaster have prepared her most for her career. “I use it all the time in every project, from DIY to time management,” she explains.