Siân’s childhood ambitions of becoming an astronaut led her to pursue a degree in Physics and Astronomy at Durham University in the UK, and then a career in the space industry. After four years of study, Siân joined the Defence and Space division of Airbus on their graduate scheme. Six years later, Siân is now a Principle Mission Systems Engineer at Airbus at Stevenage in the UK. She works predominately on the design and development of future European Space Agency exploration missions, such as Solar Orbiter, a spacecraft that will fly close to the Sun to carry out observations and take measurements relating to solar and Heliospheric physics.
Siân has recently been seconded to Airbus in Bremen, Germany, where she is supporting the Project Management Office of the Orion MPCV-ESM project. Orion is NASA’s next spacecraft to send humans into space: to the Moon, asteroids and even to Mars. The Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle European Service Module is Europe’s contribution to the overall Orion spacecraft. It provides propulsion, power, water, oxygen and nitrogen to the crew module, and also control the temperature and trajectory of the spacecraft. Siân’s role currently involves helping to secure the contracts for future rebuilds of the ESM.
Siân is passionate about inspiring others – particularly young women – to consider STEM careers, and was an inaugural member and most recently Chair of the WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Young Women’s Board. She is an active Diversity and Inclusion champion within her company, having just set up a ‘Balance for Business’ diversity network at her workplace, and regularly participates in Outreach activities as a STEM Ambassador, often accompanying the prototype ExoMars Rover on its promotional travels around the UK.
In her free time, Siân enjoys gliding, astronomy, travel and scuba diving, and still hopes to one day achieve her dream of going into space!