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Women in Science - Kimberly Johnson UK

Name: Kimberley Johnson BSc (Hons) MRSC
Title: Materials Engineer
Degree: Forensic Science

Kimberley Johnson knew from an early age that she wanted a science-based career. Although she had many choices, she ultimately focused her efforts in forensics. “Forensic science provides a fantastic overview of many other aspects of science, as well as introducing more innovative thinking that I believe is lacking from a single science degree.”

Her father is an engineer in the UK and has been a huge influence in her career. ”I remember going to work with him when I was younger; I’m almost certain I was more of a hindrance than a help, but he always took the time to explain what he was doing and the thought process that had led to that course of action!” Even her grandparents farm was an inspiration. She spent her childhood taking things apart and putting them back together again.  

In her first position using her degree, she was working as a metallurgist for an aerospace company. She started as an intern fresh out of university and finished as a laboratory supervisor, leading a team of 3 technicians. She traveled to America and her training and certifications increased the scope of work her team was qualified to perform.

This experience turned into a job at James Dawson in the UK. As a Materials Engineer, she constantly pushes herself to learn more. “I would like to continue the work that the Technical Centre team has begun. I want to showcase the innovative solutions the team has worked hard to develop.”

Kimberley knows the impact that mentoring can have on a young mind, so she looks to pay it forward. “I have been a Youth Leader with St. John Ambulance since 2014. Most of the cadets that join are young women, between the ages of 10 and 18. I try to include as many interactive science-based subjects as I can.” Cadets often ask her about scientific careers as many of them are looking to go into the medical field.

Cadets ask for advice when choosing subjects, depending on what career path they are pursuing. “We take the time to look at the options and how each subject would benefit their circumstances.” Kimberley is a STEM Ambassador and although Covid-19 restricted her attendance from many events recently, she is really looking forward to taking full advantage of this opportunity in the near future.

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