STEMinist Profile: Dawn Fitt, STEM Education Director, BLOODHOUND SSC Project

Dawn Fitt

Dawn Fitt

STEM Education Director
BLOODHOUND SSC Project (SSC = Supersonic Car)

What inspired you to pursue a career in STEM?
My dad, he was an electronics engineer in the British Army.

What is the coolest project you have worked on and why?
I suppose that the coolest project I have been involved with is the one I am presently working on, trying to enthuse and inspire more young people to take up careers in STEM based occupations using BLOODHOUND SSC as a vehicle to raise awareness. It’s a big departure from my time in industry designing engine test beds and later project managing the design, build, installation and commissioning of engine test beds.

Role models/heroes:
My dad was a great role model whilst I was growing up. Others have included Mrs. Wood, my high school maths teacher and in relation to women in engineering: Amy Johnson and Caroline Haslett – both members and past Presidents of the Women’s Engineering Society. Today, I draw inspiration and guidance from my friends and acquaintances in The Women’s Engineering Society.

Why do you love working in STEM?
From the outset, I have always gone home with a sense of accomplishment. When working in industry it was knowing that the item I had designed, worked and satisfied customer wants & needs and today it’s more about knowing that I can make a difference and hopefully inspire one person to follow in my footsteps.

Advice for future STEMinists?
Enjoy what you do and make the most of every opportunity that comes your way.

Favorite website or app:
Of late it’s Finger Physics.

Twitter: @fittdr, @BLOODHOUND_SSC, @WES1919

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