Laura holds a Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering with 1st Class Honours from Flinders University and is currently completing a doctorate in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford. Previously, Laura worked for 2 years as a biomedical engineer for the Medical Device Partnering Program in South Australia, where she designed, prototyped and tested novel medical and assistive devices. She has also lectured and tutored engineering courses at Flinders University, as well as tutoring in engineering and working as a Junior Dean at Oxford University. In a volunteer role with Motivation Australia, Laura has worked as a biomedical engineer in Papua New Guinea to train technicians in wheelchair assembly and fitting, and with Engineers Without Borders to develop partnerships between South Australian Engineering companies and local Aboriginal communities. Laura is also an artist. Her virtual art program, Splashboard, has gained international recognition for its benefits for people with disabilities.
Laura’s particular interest is in increasing the capacity of developing countries to design, distribute and maintain user-specific prosthetics and other assistive technologies. She is developing simulations for heat mapping in prosthetic sockets and developing ways to incorporate data from sensors and simulations into the design and manufacturing process using 3D printing technologies.
SCOPE: Science television for kids, Techno-Scope Episode 3/75, aired September 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33YmiOjtpsE.
Seven Network - Virtual art for people with disabilities, aired August 2013. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3yPnZMdmVo&list=WL