CEng FIMechE Fellow, Higher Education Academy
Alison is a two-fold graduate of Cambridge, having studied both her BA and PhD in Engineering at Murray-Edwards College. Her PhD thesis was on ‘The Aerodynamics and Mechanics of Shuttlecocks'.
Alison's engineering experience, which spans over 30 years, has been both varied and extreme: from living "in" the North Sea working as an offshore engineer with BP Exploration; to developing competitive manufacturing strategies with senior industrialists as RTZ Industrial Fellow based from Cambridge University Engineering Department. She has managed over 120 collaborative projects with industry, including sports engineering product development with the US Tennis Association and the England and Wales Cricket Board; and more recently sustainability projects on energy efficiency in the built environment with corporate partners such as Grosvenor.
Currently an independent consultant in engineering and management, Alison established Cooke Associates in 2001. Her previous professional roles have included being an industrial mentor of graduate engineers for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, lecturing in engineering design, manufacture and management, and technical writing for a large number of research publications. Alison also held responsibility for instigating and leading Cambridge University Engineering Department's first industrial tour to Taiwan and Hong Kong.
In May 2008 Alison was made a Fellow of The Institution of Mechanical Engineers and was the International Coordinator of the Institution's Steering Group on Future Climate – Engineering Solutions project (2009 - 2013), which feeds into the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. She is a trustee of Mayden Foundation which develops charitable web projects (2011 - present). Alison also now gives talks, by invite only, on the projects she has been involved with during her career.
Alison is married with two children. Whilst at College she was a keen sportswoman, and still has this passion today - she and her son won the Mixed Open event at the 2013 LTA Grade 3 tournament in Newquay.