Hello and welcome to the Wandering Engineer

I’m Holli, an engineer with a passion for learning and exploring. I really want to inspire young people to see themselves as engineers and scientists* of the future by showing them what life is like as an engineer, the kinds of things you can do, and the kind of people you’ll work with as engineers [spoiler alert: there’s one of them just like you].

In 2019 I was lucky enough to be awarded a Fellowship by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) which allowed me to begin this project. Each year, WCMT awards up to 150 Fellowships to individuals from all walks of life in the UK, and these Fellowships are all practical enquiries into real-world challenges.

“Travel to learn; return to inspire.”

The instruction given to all aspiring Churchill Fellows as they embark on their journeys

Join me as I travel to Africa to learn about the incredible engineering and science that is going on in the humanitarian sector – using science and technology to help make people’s lives better. You can follow my journey in the blog section of this site.

I’ll also introduce you to the fascinating projects I visit and the incredible engineers and scientists that I meet along the way. I’ll also give you some cool material for STEM lessons.

*when I say “engineer” or “scientist” then I’m generally referring to any role covered by Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)

NEW!! Check out the new page Celebrating Female Genius, with a short biographies for some incredible female STEM role models and links to further resources



APOPO trains African Giant Pouched Rats to become HeroRATS – ready to detect deadly landmines or tuberculosis. Image courtesy of APOPO.


Burn is an innovative company that designs and manufactures efficient and safe stoves for use in the slums in Africa, saving fuel and lives.


Sanergy introduced Fresh Life toilets into the Kenyan slums and safely collects human waste and uses it to create both plant fertiliser and animal food. Image courtesy of Sanergy.




The next chapter begins!

I’ve got some exciting news! I submitted an application to become an Astronaut with the European Space Agency and I made it through the initial application sift! Back in around February, the official timeline was released for the European Space Agency to once again invite applications from across Europe for 6 people to join the … Continue reading The next chapter begins!

21. Coming soon… the next adventure…

Join me on this next exciting adventure as I apply to become an astronaut with the European Space Agency and train hard for a trip across the Cairngorms in the depths of winter!

20. Trekking to the roof of Africa

For the finale of this amazing journey to Africa, I joined a group and hiked up Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, and the highest free-standing peak in the world. It’s a 5,895m (19,341ft) high dormant volcano that springs up into three cones – Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. Uhuru Peak is the highest summit … Continue reading 20. Trekking to the roof of Africa


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