Helena Simmonds

Helena Simmonds

Lead Engineer

WMG, International Manufacturing Centre, University of Warwick

After graduating from the University of Birmingham, Helena joined the Military Air and Information division of BAE Systems. She managed the production of torsion box assemblies for the Typhoon aircraft, worked with Quality Engineering to reduce inspection of hot formed parts and finally in Materials Engineering supporting composites detail manufacture.

Helena joined WMG at the University of Warwick in 2013; here she works within the Engineering Materials and Manufacturing department. The group works alongside industry to identify lightweighting solutions for high volume automotive applications. She specialises in Composite materials and is investigating the use of discontinuous carbon fibre composites in high volume applications. Her work develops the manufacturing processes of preforming and compression moulding as well as using mechanical and thermal techniques to analyse and validate the mouldings.

Her most recent project, the manufacture of a composite suspension component for Ford Motor Company received the 2018 JEC Innovation Award in the category of automotive application.

 

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