Marisa Kurimbokus graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Masters degree in Aeronautical and Aerothermal Engineering. For her final year project, she developed a highly innovative aerodynamic shell for a solar powered electric race car for the Cambridge Eco Racing Society.
She went on to join Jaguar Land Rover in 2012 as a Project Engineer in the Body Engineering team, writing Systems Engineering processes and developing strategies for low carbon vehicles. During her time at Jaguar Land Rover, she gained her Engineering Chartership with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
In 2017, she joined Triumph Motorcycles as a Senior Design Engineer in the Motorcycle Accessories team. She was responsible for the design and delivery of over 100 accessories per motorbike, for 8 of the Triumph Classic bike range, and worked with a wide cross functional team to ensure create high quality products.
Marisa also helped to develop the relationship with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Triumph Motorcycles, and mentored developing engineers, started her role as a Professional review interviewer and Company liaison. She organised and hosted a number of lectures, factory tours and social events at the Triumph factory.
Marisa joined Lyra Electronics, a power electronics design consultancy, as a Senior Mechanical Engineer in 2020. She is responsible for the design of mechanical systems and also leads government grant funded projects. She is excited to embrace the numerous challenges of closely integrating mechanical, thermodynamic, fluid dynamic and electronic engineering within the industry, and sees multi-disciplinary and diverse teams as the only way to create more efficient, sustainable future.
Having studied at an all girl’s secondary school, and directly experienced discrimination and misinformation towards young girls hoping to join the industry, Marisa has made it her mission to educate and inspire the next generation of engineers. She feels most of the time, students don’t even understand what the profession is all about, or what exciting opportunities are available to anyone, regardless of experience, background or gender.
She is a passionate advocate for STEM, and regularly speaks to students and industry partners at events and schools. She has represented the engineering industry at a conference at the House of Commons, and given a lecture on Transport Engineering at the V&A museum in London. Whilst at Triumph, she also led a team running the Triumph Design Awards: an annual design competition for 16-18 year olds. She was recognised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and was awarded “Young Member of the Year: Volunteer of the Year 2020”.
Marisa is an avid motorcyclist and traveller, and has visited all seven continents and ridden in three. She lives in the Midlands with her husband and two cats.