I am nominating Becky Waldram as an Inspiring Woman because of her positive and proactive attitude towards everything she does and her genuine enthusiasm for engineering and science. She is currently in her second year of studying for an Engineering Doctorate based at SPECIFIC. Her project is a study of Electroless Nickel plating using advanced corrosion and characterisation techniques to quantify the performance of various alloys. This was a continuation from a Masters project where, despite testing circumstances stemming from a family bereavement, she managed to impress her sponsor company so much that they offered to fund her through the Doctorate.
Becky chose Swansea as she has family in Pembrokeshire and always admired the South Wales coastline and rolling landscape. The area, tied in with her passion for walking, brought her to the easy decision of studying at Swansea University. A keen interest in all sports, combined with an interest in how things work, led her to apply for a place on the Sports Materials Engineering course. Despite the highly testing family circumstances at home, Becky pushed through adversity to become the first ever graduate from this course in 2013.
Within the University, Becky has entered into competitions with the badminton team and continues to play socially on a regular basis. She regularly takes part in outreach events, engaging with and encouraging young people to consider studying science based subjects. In the summer months Becky can often be found out walking through the Welsh hills and helping out with Duke of Edinburgh groups. She is also a qualified GirlGuide leader and has helped to set up and run a thriving group in Pontardawe. More recently, she has been involved in contributing to charitable events, such as collecting shoe boxes for the Samaritans’ Operation Christmas Child Appeal. Becky’s passion for helping others is truly inspiring!