Helena graduated with a BEng (Hons) in Electronic Engineering from the University of York and then worked in radar research and development for two years. She moved on to mobile phone systems design, working in the development of 3G and 4G mobile systems. Returning to radar, she developed novel sensor systems in passive detection and in altimeters for spacecraft landing systems. She then changed from millimetre waves to visible light and worked in bespoke optical and ultraviolet sensor system development.
She decided at that point to have a change and went back to university to get her MSc in Forensic Engineering. After that She worked in digital forensics for two years, examining mobile phones for police forces across the country.
After a career break to raise a family, Helena returned to her first love of electronics. She has been working at Solent helping to deliver units for first and second year undergraduates on analogue and digital electronics, embedded systems and professional and study skills in engineering.
Helena is also taking part in research activities. She is an associate fellow of the HEA. She is interested in sensor system design and development and also in the use of commercial-off-the-shelf items as novel sensor solutions. She is currently working with Dr Marc Molinari on a wirelessly distributed sensor system for environmental monitoring. She is also interested in PC interfacing, and enjoys using new technology such as the extensive Arduino product range to teach this fascinating topic to students.