I am an innovator

Some people think engineers are boring but I am anything but. As a child I always had to be doing something. I had more fun building the play house than playing in it.

My dream is to become known as a people’s engineer – someone who changes lives by thinking a little differently, perhaps in the field of renewable energy.

Engineering is all about innovation but, unless you have the ability to communicate, ideas can get lost.

Luckily I wasn’t too over-awed when I met Sir Terry Matthews, the Welsh telecommunications billionaire when he came to the university.

I won his Canadian Challenge – the chance to work in one of his companies in Ottawa for four weeks with all expenses paid.

What an incredible opportunity. I couldn’t have imagined that kind of adventure a few years ago. Swansea University is famous for its Engineering Department but it has also changed my life in other ways. Take my fantastic new sport, Ultimate Frisbee. I didn’t know it existed until I came here.

As a student ambassador I would love to inspire more women to study engineering. You don’t have to be strong you just have to like making things and not be afraid to get your hands dirty. The more diverse the team, the better the ideas it comes up with. Women approach tasks in a different way so when we get involved it can give the team an edge.

Choosing to study at Swansea has been one of the best decisions of my life. I found what I wanted right on my doorstep but it has already taken me around the world.”