2014 Karen Burt Award Winneer: Elaine Greaney

The 2014 award has been given to Elaine Greaney of Qinetiq, the candidate of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. 

Elaine graduated from Oxford University with a Masters degree in Physics. She also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Management from the University of Bath and became a Chartered Engineer with the IET in October 2013.

Elaine has worked for the Space department at QinetiQ in Farnborough since starting as a new graduate in 2004. For the first 4 years she was the Operations Engineer for an experimental remote sensing satellite called TopSat - capturing imagery of the Earth to support disaster relief projects. In recognition of her achievements in this role Elaine was a finalist in the Women of the Future awards 2007 (science & technology category), and was awarded the Royal Aeronautical Society Geoffrey Pardoe Space Award and Silver Team Award.

In 2008 she joined the Electric Propulsion team and began working to develop cutting edge ion engines for interplanetary spacecraft such as the European Space Agency’s BepiColombo mission to Mercury. Her current role is as the Mechanical and Propulsion Team Leader - leading a team of system engineers who specialise in the design of new rocket technologies.

Elaine has presented several papers at international space conferences and events organised by IET regional branches. She has a particular interest in STEM outreach – regularly supporting careers events at local schools and authoring articles published in educational magazines such as the BIS’s “Voyage” and the national STEM centre’s “Catalyst”. Elaine has been interviewed several times for national newspapers, regional television news and the Teacher’s TV channel in support of aerospace careers segments.

The award will be presented to Elaine at the WES Prestige Lecture on 29 November 2014 at IMechE in London.