As a child, Madeleine wanted to become an “inventor”. She enjoyed Physics and Maths at school and could not decide whether to do Engineering or Physics at university. She ended up studying Physics before working as an Engineer in industry for two years. As a trainee patent attorney, she now works with a wide variety of engineers and clients to help protect their inventions.
Rachael had a passion for studying maths and particularly mechanics at A-level, which then took her into studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Surrey. This included a final year project and summer research internship investigating the potential benefit of implementing a novel engine, the Free Piston Engine, as a range extender in a series hybrid vehicle. She then went on to be a placement student at Ricardo Technical Consultancy in the Automotive Division, where she was recognised as the Most Promising Female Engineer in 2018. She finds the direct application of maths and engineering as being the main factor that brought her into this sector and she enjoys the diversity of subject matter that it can bring.