Katherine Critchley

Vice President
PhD, MSc, BEng (Hons)

Katherine graduated from Coventry University in 2002 with a PhD in Process Analysis Software for the draw bending of small diameter thin walled tubes.  Prior to this Katherine had gained an MSc in Computer Aided Engineering (1992) and an Honours Degree in Engineering (1991), from Coventry University.

Katherine Started her career in Engineering through a course aimed at getting more women into engineering and joined this course based at Jaguar Cars on the technician apprentice training program.  This led to other technician training mainly within the automotive sector in Coventry, gaining a BTEC in Engineering which allowed her to successful join a degree course in the same.

Katherine has had a varied career, within Automotive and Aerospace Engineering.  Mainly in the area of Computer Aided Engineering.  She has spent time lecturing, but more recently is industry based.  She is currently working as a CAD PLM engineer in an Aerospace interiors business.  She is heavily involved in the training needs of the engineering teams within her current company from a CAD PLM perspective.

Katherine is working towards gaining chartered engineer status through the Institute of Engineering Designers, and is keen to promote Engineering as a career path for other women.  She is also interested in promoting ways to help and support women who have had significant career breaks to find a pathway back into a career in engineering.