About the Women in Materials group

The IOM3 Women in Materials Group (WIM3) was established in 2012 to provide a focus for women members within the Institute and help support them in their careers. WIM3 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:

Margaret Wegrzyn - Zotefoams plc - Chair

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.


Abigael Bamgboye - Imperial College London

Abigael Bamgboye is a Materials Science and Engineering Student at Imperial College London. She is passionate about Science Communication and inspiring individuals from underrepresented backgrounds to actively engage in STEM topic areas. She is a Royal Academy of Engineering Engineering Scholar and has been active in promoting materials science to students and the general public as Vice President and subsequently President of Imperial College Materials Society. She is currently completing her MEng project which looks at modelling fibre composites for nuclear fuel cladding.

In her spare time, Abigael enjoys learning languages, salsa dancing and sewing.



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.



Judith Driscoll - Cambridge University

Judith DriscollJudith Driscoll is a Professor in the Materials Science dept. at the University of Cambridge. Her research is in the area of electronic oxide thin films. She has been a visitor at Los Alamos National Lab for 15 years.

She was a Dee Scholar at the University of Cambridge where she earned her PhD. She was an IBM Fellow for her postdoctoral research at Stanford University and IBM Almaden. She was an associate Prof. at Imperial College from 8 years. She moved to Cambridge in 2003 and is Full Professor there.  She is a Fellow of Trinity College and also a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, American Physical Society, the Materials Research Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering.  In 2015, she won the Institute of Physics Joule Medal, and the Royal Academy of Engineering Armourers and Brasiers Prize. In 2017, she won the IEEE James Wong award and in 2018 the Kroll Medal from the Institute of Materials.

Judith has published over 400 research papers which have been cited more than 16,000 times. She has more than 10 patents, several of which have been taken up by industry. She is also Founding Editor (in 2013) of the journal, APL Materials, from the American Institute of Physics. She has Chaired many leading committees (prizes and committees) for the Materials Research Society.


Marina Fernando - TARRC

Marina FernandoMarina Fernando is a Principal Scientist and Head of the Industrial Support Unit at TARRC. She has a BSc and PhD in Chemical Engineering. Her doctoral thesis was concerned with the study of solids conveying in single screw extrusion of a biopolymer. She has worked on adhesion and testing of adhesive joints, elastomer technology and more recently on fire retardant Natural Rubber materials.
Marina has successfully led the project on developing a Natural Rubber based low smoke and toxic emission rubber compound at TARRC/Rubber Consultants, which was successfully commercialised in collaboration with an industrial partnership. The rubber compound developed is currently in use within Transport for London stations as entrance matting. Her current research involves the extension of this work to develop compliant Natural Rubber compounds to meet the fire requirements for technical rubber products with a focus on the rail sector. She has spoken at a number of international conferences and published her work in scientific journals, as well as co-authoring three book chapters.



Maria Holloway-Strong - Infrastructure

Maria is a geotechnical engineer, working in the Ground Engineering and Tunnelling Division for Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group. She has a BSC in Exploration and Mining Geology from Cardiff University, a MSc in Engineering Geology from Imperial College and a PhD in the deformation behaviour of chalk from the University of Surrey. Maria has had a diverse career, working both in research and industry and has lived in Australia, the USA, as well as the UK. Maria has always been interested in supporting career development and professional matters. She was actively involved in the Women in Science and Engineering Committee whilst still an undergraduate and volunteered for more than 8 years on the committee of the Engineering Group of the Geological Society.

Maria took a career break to care for her children and returned to the engineering industry in 2018, as part of a STEM Returner Programme at her company. During her career break Maria trained and volunteered as a counsellor for more than 5 years, specialising in supporting new parents. Since returning to the workforce Maria has become actively involved in supporting colleagues with caring responsibilities, including helping to develop and implement flexible working policies for all staff within her workplace. Away from work, Maria enjoys spending time with her three children, dog walking and running.


Jessica Middlemiss - Dyson

Jessica MiddlemissJess 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 from 2015 to 2018. She is now a corresponding member of the committee. 

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


Susan Mossman - Science Museum



Fiona Robinson - University of South Wales

Fiona Robinson is currently a Senior Research Fellow in Electrical Machine Design at University of South Wales, U.K. Her current research is focused on innovative electric motor development for EV within the Advanced Electric Propulsion Research Group at the University of South Wales. She is performing research to deliver next generation novel and high performance EV motors for vehicles including cars, vans, large road vehicles, trains, buses, marine, yellow goods and aviation sectors.

Fiona has a degree 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 worked in the steel industry for over 28 years in a variety of roles including RD&T, Product and Process Development and Process Technology. Fiona has expertise and experience in steel industry through process and product data analytics including several external collaborations. Fiona’s recent roles also included managing the internal and external research programme for Cogent together with the supervision of students from undergraduate placement through to PhD and Engineering Doctorate. Dr Robinson is a Fellow FIMMM of the Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Materials (IOM3) and a member of the Energy Materials Group (EMG) committee in addition to WIM3.
Outside work, Fiona is married with three sons; two studying at university and one still at school. In her limited spare time Fiona’s interests include keeping fit, gardening, reading and cross-stitch.

Nuna Staniaszek - Director of Communications, IOM3

Dr Nuna StaniaszekNuna has a degree in Materials Science and Metallurgy 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 magazine, and in 2000 moved over to Communications which currently embraces the IOM3 website, PR/media relations and internal communications, branding, design and IT. She is currently managing a major digital transformation project within IOM3. Nuna has a son who is a robotics software engineer and two daughters, one of whom is currently doing a PhD in atmospheric chemistry. 

In her spare time, Nuna enjoys concerts and choral singing, gardening, sewing, crafts and DIY.