Dr Nicola Anderson, LYIT
Dr. Nicola Anderson, Lecturer in the Department of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering, LYIT.
An engineering lecturer at LYIT since 2010, Dr. Nicola Anderson completed her PhD in 2014 in the field of Mechanics entitled “Evolution model: An anisotropic hardening for the characterisation of orthotropic sheet metal materials”. From my early days of studying, I have shown and continue to show resilience to prosper in a predominately male focused field. During my undergraduate studies, I was the only female student in my class. My colleagues at LYIT make up a fantastic team of engineers and I am one of two female lecturers within the department. In my early career as a lecturer, I had to work at breaking barriers with students and their perception of what an engineer should look like. I change from heels to steel toe-capped boots for some classes but outside of class, I am straight back into my heels”.
“The current pandemic has definitely brought it’s challenges. I have two small children ages four and two and while juggling work and family life is challenging at times, I have tried to embrace the time at home with the kids being a young age. I like to remain positive and upbeat and I look forward to days when things return to normal again”.
Nicola is an Athena Swan Self-Assessment team member and chairs the working group for data collection and analysis. Nicola works endlessly within LYIT on programme development. A fantastic ambassador for women in engineering, Nicola has developed and branded a mentoring programme for female engineering students. This initiative concentrates on networking, retaining your identity in a male dominated field and confidence building.
Nicola is actively involved in research in partnership with the North West Centre for Advanced Manufacturing.
“I am working with a wheelchair manufacturer who makes bespoke wheelchairs for children. The research team have been experimenting with the 3D printing of the cushioned seating on children’s wheelchairs and integrating a pressure map. The idea is that Carers or clinicians can download an app that will allow them to see how the pressure is distributed on the cushion to avoid sores. I am currently researching a more cost-effective method of pressure sensing using SMART textiles.”.
“Today, on International Women’s Day, I would like to celebrate all women and pay particular tribute to Women in Engineering”.