Lucy Rogers

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Lucy Rogers

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Lucy Rogers presenting at ThingMonk in 2017
BornLucy Elizabeth Rogers
May 1973 (age 50)[1]
Alma mater
Scientific career
FieldsMechanical engineering
Public awareness of science
ThesisFoam formation in low expansion fire fighting equipment (2001)
Doctoral advisorMartin Widden[3]

Lucy Elizabeth Rogers CEng FREng FIMechE (born 1973)[1] is a British author, inventor, and engineer.[4][5][6] She is a visiting professor of engineering, creativity and communication[7] at Brunel University London and has served as a judge on the BBC Two show Robot Wars[8] from 2016 to 2018.


Rogers studied mechanical engineering at Lancaster University with an industrial placement year at Rolls-Royce Power Systems.[2] She graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree.[when?] She stayed in Lancaster for her PhD which investigated how bubbles are formed in equipment used to fight petrochemical fires.[3][2]

Career, research and public engagement[edit]

She attended NASA's Singularity University graduate studies program in 2011, where she co-authored a report on space debris.[9]

In 2008 she published It's ONLY Rocket Science, a plain English guide to the mechanics of spaceflight.[4]

Rogers hosts The DesignSpark Podcast with comedians Bec Hill and Harriet Braine.[10]

In 2018, she founded the Guild of Makers to bring together makers from all disciplines and skill levels, which ran until 2020.[11]

Awards and honours[edit]

Rogers is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) in 2020.[12] The Rooke Award committee highly commended Rogers for her efforts to promote engineering to the public.[13] She is also a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE).

in 2022, she won the "Women in Aerospace and Aviation Committee Award"[14] from the Royal Aeronautical Society.

In 2019, she received an alumni award for "high-flying" Lancaster University graduates.[15]

In 2013, she was shortlisted for the WISE Campaign award.[16]


  1. ^ a b c Anon (2021). "Lucy Rogers Makertorium". London. Archived from the original on 4 March 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d Anon (2016). "Meet our alumni: Dr Lucy Rogers". Lancaster University. Archived from the original on 20 July 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b Rogers, Lucy Elizabeth (2001). Foam formation in low expansion fire fighting equipment. (PhD thesis). University of Lancaster. doi:10.17635/lancaster/thesis/1239. OCLC 1261383567. EThOS open access
  4. ^ a b Lucy Rogers (2008). It's ONLY Rocket Science: An Introduction in Plain English. Springer Science & Business Media. ISBN 978-0-387-75378-2. OCLC 1125858748.
  5. ^ "Can these six celebrity-created inventions change your life?". Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Ingenia - Inventing a communication revolution". Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  7. ^ "Visiting Professors - 2019/20 Awardees". Royal Academy of Engineering. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  8. ^ "BBC Two – Judges Dr Lucy Rogers, Professor Noel Sharkey and Professor Sethu Vijayakumar deliberate – Robot Wars, Series 8 – Behind the scenes". BBC. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Space Team Project – Final Technical Report – Removing Orbital Debris: A Global Space Challenge" (PDF). Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Comedy and the art of STEM communication". The Engineer. 25 March 2020. Retrieved 22 November 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "Guild of Makers". Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  12. ^ Anon (2020). "Academy welcomes 53 leading UK and international engineers as new Fellows". London: Royal Academy of Engineering. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  13. ^ Lalloo, Manisha (2013). "Professor Mark Miodownik wins prize for public engagement with engineering". Royal Academy of Engineering. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  14. ^ "RAeS Honours, Medals & Awards" (PDF). Retrieved 30 November 2022.
  15. ^ "Alumni awards for high-flying Lancaster graduates". Lancaster University. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  16. ^ "WISE Awards 2013". Retrieved 7 March 2018.