Vicky Warren

Vicky Warren – Systems Engineer, BAE Systems

When were you at Polam?

1994 – 2002

What did you study at Polam?

Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths

What are you doing today?

I am an Avionics Systems Engineer working at BAE Systems on the Eurofighter Typhoon project. My current role is the Test Requirements and Analysis Section Leader. Requirements from Typhoon customers, namely the RAF, are required to be implemented into the Avionics and it is my job to ensure the design has been implemented correctly into the software. I analyse the Avionics design changes/fixes implemented and derive all of the Test Requirements required to be tested on the Systems Integration rig in order to qualify the product. I then analyse the results from the rig to ensure all the test requirements have been fully tested. If there are any shortfalls in testing I provide the relevant restrictions and limitations of the Avionics package into the clearance team which in turn is fed to the customer. The Test Requirements and Analysis team is required to ensure all of the design changes made to the Typhoon Avionics functions correctly, as per the customer requirements, and more importantly ensures the aircraft is safe to fly.

How did Polam help you to get there?

The school had the ethos of working hard and playing hard, which we did! There was a variety of subject choices available at GCSE and A levels, hence not limiting our opportunities, and the school provided continuous career advice and support.

What’s your best memory of Polam?

My greatest memory of the school is all the great friends I made and still have.

Who was you favourite teacher?

Mrs Lawrence. A great Maths teacher who motivated and engaged the class. She took her time to explain the subject whilst making the lessons enjoyable. At the end of each lesson we always used to play the calculator game, where we as students had a calculator but Mrs Lawrence did not. We were all always amazed at how good her mental arithmetic was.