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Helena  Twigg

Helena Twigg

Associate Lecturer

Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering


I graduated with a BEng (Hons) in Electronic Engineering from the University of York and then worked in radar research and development for two years. I moved on to mobile phone systems design, working in the development of 3G and 4G mobile systems. Returning to radar, I developed novel sensor systems in passive detection and in altimeters for spacecraft landing systems. I then changed from millimetre waves to visible light and worked in bespoke optical and ultraviolet sensor system development.

I decided at that point to have a change and went back to university to get my MSc in Forensic Engineering. After that I worked in digital forensics for two years, examining mobile phones for police forces across the country. 

After a career break to raise a family, I have returned to my first love of electronics. I have been working at Southampton Solent since December helping to deliver units for first and second year undergraduates on analogue and digital electronics, embedded systems and professional and study skills in engineering.  

I am also taking part in research activities. I am an associate fellow of the HEA. I am interested in sensor system design and development and also in the use of commercial-off-the-shelf items as novel sensor solutions. I am currently working with Dr Molinari on a wirelessly distributed sensor system for environmental monitoring. I am also interested in PC interfacing, and I enjoy using new technology such as the extensive Arduino product range to teach this fascinating topic to students.

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