I’m Lavinia and I work as a Consultant for AECOM. I work in the field of Intelligent Transport Systems which involves the research and design of autonomous vehicles (cars that drive themselves). It’s my job to figure out how autonomous vehicle would think whilst they are driving on the road with other cars and pedestrians. I did my undergraduate degree and a PhD in Computer Science at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh.

I am a fun and friendly and love to ask lots of questions. I am also confident and driven and believe that you can do anything if you set your mind to it.

My hobby of choice is aerial fitness (silks, hoop, trapeze, pole etc.) which I have become a qualified instructor in. I also enjoy power lifting, weightlifting and obstacle races.

Three top tips I would give to girl considering a career in STEM is:

  • ·         Keep your options open, no one can predict what jobs will be needed in the future
  • ·         Always ask lots of questions. Find out about as much information about everything  you can
  • ·         Don’t ever let anyone put you down. Whether you are male or female, you can have any career you want.