Dr Helen Meese
Head of Healthcare
Helen joined the Institution in May 2013 as Head of Engineering in Society. She works to raise the profile of mechanical engineering, focusing on innovative and emerging technologies and how they impact on society; both in the UK and internationally.
She is committed to delivering an inspiring message through public engagement, technical reports and policy statements. Currently her areas of interest are Biomedical engineering, Nanotechnology and Robotics.
Helen grew up surrounded by family working in the mining and engineering industries and decided to become an engineer at the age of seven after a visit to a power station. She graduated from Loughborough University in 1996 with a degree in Electro-mechanical Power Engineering and then gained a PhD in Mechanical Engineering developing performance characteristic programmes for turbocharger compressors in 2006.
She continued her academic research developing electrical defence systems for DSTL on armoured vehicles and then moved to Babcock International Group where she spent several years as Lead Engineer on defence systems for Euro-fighter as well as submarine and ship projects for BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce.
Outside of the defence industry Helen has worked with clients such as British Energy and BAA in both the civil nuclear and airport baggage handling sectors. More recently she worked for GE Energy project managing several contracts on the design and installation of electrical propulsion and navigation systems in South Korea.
Helen has been a STEM and Institution ambassador for over 20 years and has spent most of her career spreading her enthusiasm of the engineering profession. She was fundamental in creating STEM programmes at Babcock in Leicestershire and GE in Rugby. She supports many STEM organisations and initiatives, particularly in the areas of Diversity and women in engineering.
Helen’s top three
Favourite engineering innovation: Regenerative medicine.
Person I most admire: Hedy Lamarr (1913-2000), actress and comms engineer.
Greatest challenge facing engineering: Personalised healthcare.