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Dr Young undertook her MEng and PhD degrees at Jesus College, Cambridge, from 2004 to 2012. Her PhD focused on aero-engine compressors, in particular an aerodynamic instability known as stall, which can lead to catastrophic engine damage. She was awarded the Rolls-Royce prize for Best Doctorate Paper, as well as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ International Gas Turbine Award for work arising from her thesis.
From October 2012, she was the Maudslay-Butler Research Fellow at Pembroke College, Cambridge, where she continued her work on aircraft engines, collaborating with experts in high-speed testing at Purdue University, USA. She has also been instrumental in developing the Cambridge Tidal Group at the Whittle Laboratory; the aim of this group is to transfer understanding of unsteady fluid flow from the aerospace industry to the nascent tidal power industry. She has recently taken up the post of CDT Fellow in Gas Turbine Aerodynamics at the Engineering Department.