Perspectives of the programme

To celebrate International Womens Day, we want to highlight some of the amazing work our female Research Engineers are doing. We hear from alumna Dr. Agata Pawlikowska and current research Engineer Aneta Lisowska about their experience of the programme. 

Dr. Agata Pawlikowska 

Agata graduated from Heriot-Watt University in November with an Engineering Doctorate. She continues to work for the company which supported her EngD, Leonardo as a Senior Systems Engineer within an advanced research group.

Thesis title: Single-photon counting lidar for long-range three-dimensional imaging.

"My EngD focused on the design and construction of a long-range single-photon counting 3D lidar at Leonardo MW. This gave me the opportunity to develop new technology for an integrated lidar system within a production company. Throughout this process I gained a number of research, engineering and interpersonal skills in addition to developing an understanding of the processes necessary to develop new technology within a commercial environment. The successful outcome of the research led to  full time employment Leonardo. I’m now a  Senior Systems Engineer developing the use of novel photonics technologies for airborne 3D lidar systems."


Aneta Lisowska

Aneta is a third year Research Engineer with Toshiba Medical Visualization Systems.  

Project title: Machine learning from medical images: from photons to phenotype

"Going through the EngD programme definitely helps to gain an understanding of how research is conducted in industrial setting. Without a doubt, it is exciting to work on solutions which will find their way into products and it is very rewarding to be able to expose my research to a wider scientific audience at international conferences. During my EngD, I have presented work in the UK, Portugal, Sicily and Chile.  Nevertheless, for me personally, the most valuable part has been the opportunity to be involved in deep learning projects which I believe will impact the way healthcare looks in the future and I have found it incredibly inspiring."