About the Women in Materials group

The IOM3 Women in Materials Group (WIM) was established in 2012 to provide a focus for women members within the Institute and help support them in their careers. WIM has organised several successful events around the UK which have attracted women members at all stages of their career and provided valuable networking opportunities for women.

 

The WIM Steering Group currently has the following members:

Jessica Middlemiss, Chair - Dyson
Jess graduated in 2007 with an MEng in Materials Science and Engineering from Imperial College. Directly from university she joined Rolls-Royce as a graduate trainee affiliated to the Materials department based in Derby, which led to a 2.5 year role as a Repair Technologist, developing robust repair techniques for a variety of mainly civil-aerospace components and materials including fan blades, blisks and composite components. In 2011 Jess left Rolls-Royce to join Dyson as a Materials Engineer, building Dyson’s UK-based materials function into a small team, before moving into a more general Engineering Management position in 2016.

Jess was formerly a member of the IOM3 Younger Members' Committee, and joined the WIM committee in 2013, taking on the role of Chair in 2015.

Away from work, Jess has a young family and enjoys horse riding, foraging and making home-made charcuterie.

 

Professor Serena Best -  University of Cambridge

Serena graduated in 1982 with a degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Surrey.  She moved to Queen Mary, University of London for her PhD, researching the production and characterisation of bioactive ceramics for bone repair and graduated in 1990. Following her PhD, she worked with the Cookson Group before returning to London to lead the Bioceramics research at the IRC in Biomedical Materials.

In 2000, she took a lectureship at University of Cambridge, in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy and a Fellowship at St John’s College. She was promoted to a personal chair in 2009, was elected FREng in 2012 and was awarded a CBE for services to Biomaterials Engineering in 2017. She co-directs the Cambridge Centre for Medical Materials with her colleague Professor Ruth Cameron. Ruth and Serena were recently awarded a ground-breaking Joint Professorial Fellowship by the EPSRC to reflect the success of their long-term research collaboration.

Serena joined IOM3 as a student and has maintained her links with the Institute over the years through many different roles, ranging from activities with local societies through to Chairing the Biomedical Applications Division to her current role as Senior Vice President of the Institute. Serena has two sons, one at the University of Bath, studying Architecture and the other at school. In her spare time, Serena enjoys travelling, international cuisine and supporting her (sports-mad) sons in their high board diving, gymnastics and trampoline competitions.

 

Dawn Bonfield - Consultant and RAEng Visiting Professor, Aston University

Dawn Bonfield MBE is an expert on Diversity and Inclusion in engineering, runs her own consultancy, Towards Vision, and is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Inclusive Engineering at Aston University. She is Past President and former Chief Executive of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), a 98 year old charity working to promote, inspire and support women in engineering. She is a Materials Engineer by background, and has worked in the automotive and aerospace industries with Citroen, BAE Systems, MBDA, and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

Dawn is a Chartered and European Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, a Fellow of WES, and an Honorary Fellow of Institution of Structural Engineers. Check out her personal website http://www.dawnbonfield.com/ and her diversity and inclusion consultancy, Towards Vision, website for more information http://www.towardsvision.org/

 

Alicia Chrysostomou

Alicia was educated in Ireland and at London Metropolitan University (Londonmet) where she obtained MSc and PhD degrees in the field of Polymer Technology and Engineering, specialising in the fracture mechanics of plastics. She subsequently went on to become a senior lecturer within the School of Polymer Technology at Londonmet but has also held a lecturing post at the University of Waikato in New Zealand and has been employed as a consultant with the British Plastics Federation.

Alicia has been closely involved with IOM3 for many years and has sat on a number of diverse committees, indeed she has also been employed by the Institute. She has been involved in the organisation of conferences and seminars, both for Londonmet and IOM3, and has organised a great many outreach programmes and study days both at Londonmet and in New Zealand.

 

Susan Mossman - Science Museum

 

Margaret Wegrzyn - Morgan Advanced Materials

Margaret finished a degree in Materials Science and Engineering, and a PhD in piezoelectric ceramics, both at The University of Manchester.  Having successfully completed these, she went to work at Morgan Advanced Materials at their Ruabon site in 2013 developing a new dielectric material for power applications.  Subsequently, she worked on technology analysis of additive manufacturing (3D printing) in ceramics.  After transferring this into a full technical project at Morgan, she moved into a commercial role in 2015 as New Business Development Manager of Ceramic Injection Moulding, where she worked for two years.  She has now moved to the world of polymers and is Business Development Manager at Zotefoams plc.  She also serves on The Ceramics Society Committee.

Outside of work, Margaret trains and dances all over Europe with two Polish Dancing groups, enjoys travelling around the world and attends various sports events throughout the year.

 

Sarah Boad - Membership Development Manager, IOM3

Sarah has a degree in Metallurgy from University College of Swansea. She started her working like at Morganite Electrical Carbon Ltd in Morriston, Swansea working on carbon brushes for electrical machines, She then moved to Dunlop Aviation in Coventry where her focus was carbon-carbon composites for aircraft breaks.

Sarah started working with The Institute in the early 90’s as the Regional Consultant for the Midlands Region, working on membership and supporting local societies. In 2004, she took on the new role of ‘National Co-ordinator – Regions’ liaising with all the local societies across the UK and Ireland. She ran the Young Persons’ Lecture Competition, and administration of grants and local society lecture programmes and activity.

In the autumn of 2010, she became Membership Development Manager, working with universities, companies and individuals promoting membership of IOM3.

She was Vice President of the South Wales Materials Association in the 80’s and is currently a member of the Coventry and Warwickshire Materials Society Committee.

 

Nuna Staniaszek - Director of Communications, IOM3


Dr Nuna StaniaszekNuna has a degree in Materials from Cambridge and a PhD from Imperial College, where she worked on the fracture of bearing steels. Nuna started work at the then Institute of Metals in the 1980s, editing Materials Abstracts journals published by the Materials Information Service. She then spent 13 years as Technical Editor, Editor and Managing Editor of Metals and Materials /Materials World, and in 2000 moved over to Communications which currently embraces the IOM3 website, PR/media relations and internal communications, branding, design and IT. Nuna has a son who is qualified in Robotics and two daughters, one of whom is currently studying Natural Sciences/Materials. 

In her spare time, Nuna helps to run a Polish vocal group which raises money for charities in Poland and enjoys concerts and choral singing, gardening, sewing and DIY. 

 

Amy Gandy -  The University of Sheffield

Amy graduated with an MPhys in Physics with Space Technology from the University of Salford, and in 2009 was awarded a joint PhD from the University of Salford and the University of Poitiers, France, in Physics and Materials Science. She undertook post-doctoral research positions at the University of Manchester and the University of Sheffield before becoming a Lecturer in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Sheffield in 2015, where she is based in the department of Materials Science and Engineering. Amy’s research focuses on understanding how radiation affects the structure and properties of materials, in order to develop new materials for future nuclear applications.

Amy co-organised the 2015 IOM3 Women in Materials Seminar which was held at the University of Sheffield. Outside of work Amy sings in Heartbeat Chorus, which is a multi award winning a cappella chorus, and in 2016 represented the UK at the international finals at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
 
 
Fiona Robinson – Cogent Power Ltd

Fiona Robinson has a BSc (Eng) in Metallurgy and Materials Science from Imperial College, a PhD from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Liverpool and a specialist Technology Management MBA from the Open University. Fiona has worked in the steel industry for over 25 years in a variety of roles including RD&T, Product and Process Development and Process Technology.
 
Currently Fiona works as a Development Specialist at Cogent Power (a Tata Steel Enterprise) developing new and improving existing Grain Oriented and Non Oriented electrical steels with excellent magnetic properties for use in applications including transformers and electric motors. Fiona’s present role also includes managing the internal and external research programme for Cogent together with the selection and supervision of students from short work experience through to PhD and EngD. Fiona is active in the Newport & District Materials Society and encourages participation in the Young Persons’ Lecture Competition each year from all Cogent students and younger employees.
 
Outside work, Fiona is married with three teenage sons still at school; all three are interested in pursuing STEM subjects at university and for a career. In her limited spare time Fiona’s interests include keeping fit, gardening, reading and cross-stitch.
 

To contact WIM please email Sarah.Boad@iom3.org