Lucy says “I am a Transformer. I transform simple electronics into cool gadgets, I transform science into Plain English, I transform problems into opportunities. I am also a catalyst. I am interested in everything around me, and can often see ways of putting two ideas from very different fields together into one package.”


After realising that life had got a little dull, Lucy has decided to do something memorable at least once a month. And work on fun stuff.

Now her life is much more interesting!


Formal education culminated in Lucy being given a doctorate for playing with bubbles. She is also a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society and a member of the Association of British Science Writers. She also has a City and Guilds in Woodturning.


Please feel free to use this as an intro for Lucy’s talks etc.:

“I am a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, problem solver, maker and Judge on the recent series of BBC Robot Wars.

I am a cheerleader for the Maker Industry and Founded the Guild of Makers (www.guildofmakers.org). I also have a PhD in Bubbles (Fluid Dynamics), a City in Guilds in Woodturning and a Cycling Proficiency Certificate.

My family make things – from spinning to woodwork, metalwork to embroidery. Making is such a integral part of my life that it was only recently that I realised I am a “maker” first and an “engineer” second.  To me it’s like saying I’m 5’6″ or have blue eyes. It’s just part of what I am. But I’ve realised not everyone is encouraged to make or even know what a maker is. I aim to change that.”

I am thrilled to have been recognised by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) for my “innovative promotion of engineering to the public” – I was highly commended for the Rooke Award. The Awards committee held up “Dr Rogers as an example of how an individual can leverage the power of social media and the internet to make an impact.” (Press Release on RAEng Website.)


It’s great to think that I can, and have, made a difference – just by tweeting factoids that I find interesting and blogging about things I have been playing with and making. ISSWave started as a bit of fun between friends, and is still continuing with many people around the world looking up, and waving to the astronauts aboard the International Space Station, as it passes overhead.

I learnt at Singularity University that current technology means one person can make a huge impact on the world. We sometimes see this in the news in a negative way – “lone gunman kills …” etc., but I believe we can embrace the potential and use it for good. Just look at what Jack Andraka has done. At age 15 he invented an inexpensive and sensitive dipstick-like sensor for the rapid and early detection of pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancers – mainly by hard work and the use of the internet. Here’s his TEDxOrangeCoast talk.

I’ve accepted the challenge to “Positively Affect Lives” tweeting is just a part of it. Sometimes I do wonder if I’m tweeting into a silent ether – so this recognition is wonderful and spurs me on.

Talk the talk

Lucy is a brilliant communicator with the engineering experience to back it up. She had the audience captivated with her fun and informative keynote at the launch of the Wuthering Bytes festival 2016.

Andrew Back, Managing Director AB Open, Wuthering Bytes Festival Organisers.

Write on

My only complaint about the writing of Lucy Rogers is that there isn’t enough of it.

Tim Radford, former science editor of the Guardian.

I am an IoT anarchist, I hack robot dinosaurs and I tell stories.