Amy was the Sustainability Officer for Land Rover BAR on its challenge for the 35th America's Cup. She was responsible for collecting and tracking data from the team's activities - such as sailing events, waste and water and electricity usage - and working out how to reduce Land Rover BAR's environmental impact.
Briefly describe a typical day for you at the Land Rover BAR base.
My job includes collecting data and identifying patterns in our day to day activities on the base and at sailing events. I then use that data to work out how to reduce our operational and environmental impact. I also help to organise outreach projects in the Tech Deck and 11th Hour Racing Exploration Zones to help inspire the next generation and connect Land Rover BAR to the community. One of the fun bits of my job is keeping an eye on our solitary bee hotels on the roof, the kitchen garden and our native oysters living in protected habitats alongside our pontoon!
What did you study to end up in a role like yours?
I studied maths, biology, geography, art, spanish, english and theory of knowledge for the International Baccalaureate and I also have a BTEC in Tropical Habitat Management. I went to the University of Southampton to study a BSc in Oceanography.
Why do you think studying STEM subjects at school is important?
It leads to really exciting and cool jobs, like mine!
If you could do another job in STEM, what would it be?
I love working in a team environment in high pressure situations, and if I had to pick another team, I would love work in the Antarctic at the Halley Research Station, to learn more about climate science.
Briefly describe what you thought of STEM subjects in school, and whether your opinion has changed now?
I enjoyed maths and physics at school because I liked to be able to understand how things worked and to problem solve. However, it was only when I got to university that I fully understood the real world applications and how you could use that knowledge to understand ocean currents or our changing climate.
What has been the highlight of your role so far?
Heading to Bermuda with the team to set up the 11th Hour Racing Exploration Zone. This was an interactive visitor centre for 11-16 year olds which used the excitement around the team and the America's Cup to teach young people how we use technology and innovation - not only make the boats go faster, but to also create long-term sustainable solutions and protect the environment.
What would be your advice for young people interested in pursuing a career in STEM?
Do what you love and the career path will become clear!
Name a STEM topic or skill which you learnt at school that you still use in your current role, and how you apply it.
I use maths skills every day to understand data and identify trends. This helps the team to reduce our operational impact and to produce quarterly reports for our sponsors and government.
Give us a fun fact about yourself.
I lived in Fiji for four months where I studied corals, fish and marine mammals. I used to love diving at night and once dived with over 30 sharks!