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Spotlight: Pam Anderson, Head of Institutional Engagement at AAC Clyde Space

Tell us a fun fact about yourself

I ran the Walt Disney World Marathon in 2019 - 26.2 miles around five Disney Theme Parks complete with characters along the way.

Tell us about your career journey so far

I studied Aero-Mechanical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde and from there I did a PhD in the Advanced Space Concepts Lab at Strathclyde. I then spent time between industry and academia and supported a European Space Agency programme before joining AAC Clyde Space as Head of Institutional Engagement.

What was your favourite subject in school and why?

I was always interested in space, enjoyed maths and physics at school and I attended the Scottish space school in 6th year which inspired me to a career in the space industry.

What subjects/qualifications are useful in your role?

Maths and Physics were essentials to study Mechanical Engineering at Strathclyde. My undergraduate degree and PhD have also been useful in getting me to the stage of my career I am at now. I’m also a Chartered Engineer via the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and have gained a Project Management Qualification along the way. Communication and language skills are also so important in my current job and being able to work in a team is essential!

What is your favourite thing about your job?

I love being part of a company operating at the forefront of new space technology, we are creating some amazing technology, applications and services and I feel so lucky to be part of it. I also work with some fantastic people from all over the world and have been lucky enough to travel to some amazing locations to work.

What is a normal day in your role like?

Generally, my job is really varied and no two days are the same! I work on proposals for new technology developments and travel to conferences and exhibitions to promote AAC Clyde Space. I also work with lots of different people, so I am usually on calls with Engineering teams and our CTO to understand our technology and service development needs as well as with Space Agencies and Universities to develop new project ideas.


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