Why did I become an engineer? This is probably the most frequent question I have been asked throughout my adult life. In high school, all I wanted to be was a journalist. I was very good at writing and loved football above all else. So, sports journalism was my dream career. At the same time, my skills in maths, physics and science were also very apparent, and I was pressed by my teachers – in the most positive sense – to pursue a technical course in further education.
And it was at that point I determined to focus my efforts in gaining a first class degree in Telecommunications Engineering. Having conquered that ambition, I enrolled for a further degree in Electronics Engineering. Here, I discovered acoustics and realised very quickly that it was among the most fascinating things I had ever studied. An internship, as a computer engineer, at AEG-Daimler was quickly followed by the opportunity of a permanent employment at Amate Audio. I knew full well that I would not be an easy choice of candidate for a professional loudspeaker manufacturer. To begin with, I had no prior experience in the field. And then, there were the other not insignificant matters of my age and gender. Pro audio isn’t exactly over populated with young female engineers.
But, Amate Audio is a young-thinking company with a progressive outlook. At the age of 23, I was hired as assistant to the then-Senior Acoustics Engineer, returning to the field of physics and engineering I loved most.