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Katie Lawrence


Course:  BSc Mathematics (2009)

Place of work: McLaren

Position: Race Operations Engineer

What does your job entail?

"After leaving university I was accepted onto the graduate scheme at McLaren Racing, where I moved onto supporting customer teams both in Formula 1 and GT. Current work during 2013 has included the development of the GT car model for simulator and simulation use, track aerodynamic and traction control support. I also provided support for the 2012 F1 season as a race strategist. Support included pre- and post-race analysis discussing paces, tyre wear and degradation, pit stop analysis, reliability and optimisation of both tyre and fuel strategies. Other projects I've worked on include developing modelling of overtaking and working directly with the drivers on the influence of reaction tests on launch performance."

How has your degree at Royal Holloway helped you progress your career?

"My degree at Royal Holloway certainly helped me progress onto my Masters, as academically it is a very well respected university. This was also noted upon my entry onto the graduate scheme at Mclaren. Looking back I definitely should have taken the coding courses as this is a really useful skill to have in many working environments and will stand you out ahead of other candidates. The support I gained at Royal Holloway was also amazing, Dr Farmer supported me through my Masters application and also for a PhD I applied for. She was also available for CV support for my current role."

Do you have any advice for current students?

"Don’t be afraid to ask for anything, however wild it may seem. The worst that can happen is that they say no!"






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