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STEM ambassadors’ visit

On Friday 23 February, two STEM ambassadors visited UTC Reading to give lectures to students about their careers and current work.

Graham Simms delivered the first lecture, discussing aircraft inertial navigational systems. He explained the development and the use of lasers in modern day systems. Graham used to work for BAE in Bracknell and, during his time there, designed a laser guidance system for a missile. He brought along some examples of these for students to see.

Harvey, a student who attended the lecture said, “It was incredibly interesting to be able to meet and hear from a man who has invented systems that have modern day applications; from missile guidance to plane navigation - learning how certain physics areas can be combined into one project and how useful this is.”

Lewis Hutchinson, Teaching, Learning and STEM Coordinator at UTC Reading also commented, “This lecture gave our students a unique opportunity to hear from someone who played a role in developing an intrinsic part of all modern automated guidance systems.”

The second lecturer was Dr Amanda Unsworth, Research Scientist at the University of Reading.

Amanda discussed her work, how she got into biology, her specific field and what it means to work as a Research Scientist. She has a Masters in Biochemistry and studied for her Ph.D at the University of Oxford where she worked in the area of cardiovascular biology, specifically the regulation of platelet function. Amanda now continues to research this area with a particular focus on understanding the ways in which platelets regulate themselves in healthy individuals and in disease and how this can be manipulated for the future development of anti-platelet therapies and anti-thrombotics.

The students were very interested, asked lots of questions and really enjoyed hearing about how advancements in medicine are made.

Thank you to both ambassadors for coming along, we hope to welcome them back again.

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