Who

Lucy says:
“I look at things from a different angle. I use this to transform
 simple electronics into cool gadgets, science into Plain English, problems into opportunities and even in doing improv, stand-up comedy and storytelling. I love making science and engineering fun – and by this sneaky and underhand method, bringing technological wonders to a larger audience.”

Why

Professional doesn’t have to mean dull.

Responsible doesn’t have to mean dull.

Science and Engineering isn’t limited to “boffins”.

What

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

She is the Founder of the Guild of Makers.

Bio

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

“My goal is to bring my humour into everything I do. Professional and responsible doesn’t have to mean dull. I am a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, problem solver, maker and was a Judge 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.)

Cool!

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.