Lynette

Turbine Aerothermal Engineer

"It’s great to work for an employer that constantly strives to improve not just itself, but also the wellbeing of its people."

I was born and raised in Kampala City, Uganda, in eastern Africa. After graduating from Imperial college, I became the first female aerospace engineer in the history of Uganda with an MSc. Next I hope to Inspire the first female aerospace engineer from Uganda with a Phd! My interests lie in fluid and aerodynamics.

In my spare time, I volunteer for International Christian Churches. I’m also passionate about empowering more young people to have access to great education, improving health care awareness and access, and poverty alleviation. So I do a lot of charity work in these areas. Lastly, I love to travel and immerse myself in different cultures around the world.

What does your role involve?

I’m a Turbine Aerothermal Engineer supporting the Trent 900 engine programme. I work as part of a team whose main goal is to ensure that turbine blades are effectively cooled so that they can achieve their life requirements.

I also chair the African and Caribbean Professional Network where I get to work with a great team of individuals who are passionate about creating a more inclusive environment.

How did you come to be involved in the African and Caribbean Professional Network?

I was asked to speak at the 2017 ACPN annual conference. The passion and the warmth of the community made me want to get involved.

Why does the ACPN matter?

It empowers its members to be their best by creating dialogue around any barriers that hinder them at work. We run social events to share our culture and experiences. Then there’s our famously jovial ACPN annual conference, which creates a platform for people of all levels and backgrounds to network.

How does the network help you to be your best at work?

It’s been key to my professional development. I found my first business mentor at an ACPN event, and they’ve been a great sounding board and guide. Supporting early career events as a volunteer and speaker has also greatly enhanced my interpersonal and public speaking skills. Leading the ACPN has presented me with great opportunities for growth.

How does Rolls-Royce champion diversity more broadly?

The company’s drive for diversity and inclusion is very encouraging. It’s great to work for an employer that constantly strives to improve not just itself, but also the wellbeing of its people. We make products for all kinds of people that think differently and see things differently. So to ensure our products and customer relations are relevant, we need to capture that diversity of thought.

Where do you see yourself in the future?

As crazy as it sounds, I see myself revolutionising engine design! Rolls-Royce is already helping me achieve this by giving me the tools and resources I need to develop technically. I also hope to share my learning with others who are less fortunate and to develop programmes that will expose them to the kind of opportunities I’ve enjoyed.

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