Jessica Leigh jones
Jessica Leigh Jones, Technology Translator at Cardiff University, Astrophysics Student and UK Young Engineer of the Year 2012
In 2012 Jessica was awarded UK Young Engineer of the Year and the Duke of York's Award for Creative Use of Technology for designing a portable foetal contraction monitor on behalf of a Cardiff-based medical manufacturing company. Later that year she was accepted to study Astrophysics at Cardiff University.
In July 2012 she was made an "Apprentice Scientific Instrument Maker" for a term of four years by the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers, a livery company of the City of London.
At present, Jessica works at the Cardiff University Morgan-Botti Lightning Laboratory as a Technology Translator (research associate). Her role there involves interacting with industry and academia at a variety of levels including initiating new R&D collaborations.
Jessica is a keen promoter of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and is currently a registered STEM ambassador and ambassador of the Engineering Education Scheme Wales (EESW). These roles involves holding workshops and demonstrations, public speaking and article writing. Her involvement with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is also about promoting engineering and technology to young people, particularly females. Jessica is secretary of the IET South East Wales Young Professionals network and sits on the British Science Association General Committee.