Sophie Harker (Appointed Member)
Sophie has a master’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Nottingham.
She has worked as an Aerospace Engineer for BAE Systems since 2014 and has specialised in aerodynamics. She has run an analysis of fast jet future concept aircraft and was responsible for hypersonic air vehicle and spaceplane concept development, working closely with Reaction Engines and the application of SABRE. Sophie is now a senior aerodynamicist in Team Tempest, where she is developing future Flight Control technologies.
Sophie first joined the IET in 2018 after receiving the IET’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year award, and subsequently volunteered for numerous IET events and initiatives, in particular national media campaigns and outreach programmes, such as the First Lego League.
As an active STEM ambassador and passionate public engineering communicator, Sophie co-founded Epistemic, a charity that enables schools and institutions to video call engineers and scientists in the classroom to make sure that no child misses the opportunity of a career in STEM due to their geographical location.
Sophie has received commendations in the form of the SEMTA Graduate of the Year 2017, being listed in the 2017 Top 50 Women in Engineering Under 35, the Bee Beamont Award 2017, the Sir Henry Royce Medal 2018, the IET’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2018, the RAEng’s Young Engineer of the Year 2019 and the RAeS Young Person’s Achievement Award 2019. She is also one of the youngest engineers to ever achieve Chartered Engineer status with the RAeS, achieving the title at just 25 years old.
Sophie aspires to one day become an astronaut; she is currently training for her Personal Pilot’s License (PPL), developing her German language skills, and is qualified in Analogue Mission Basic Training to participate in future analogue space missions with the OeWF.