Rachael’s technical background is in materials biodeterioration and laser and LED based environmental sensing. Her broad area of interest is sensing technologies for remote and challenging environments, and for agritech and marine applications. A specialist in IP and technology transfer Rachael has over 10 years’ experience in the set up and management of collaborative R&D projects, contracts, technology licensing and university spin out company development. She understands the technical and commercial challenges from both sides of the fence as an academic researcher and as a co-founder in a technology start up.
Prior to joining CENSIS Rachael left a postdoctoral research post at RGU to explore the riskier side of technology commercialisation and co-founded a technology start up with an offshore and subsea sensing focus. She left after a few years to return to academia as a member of the research commercialisation team at the University of Aberdeen, managing five of the 10 academic teams that successfully spun out of Aberdeen during her time there. Rachael’s expertise is underpinned by applied academic research in environmental science, laser spectroscopy and optics-based sensing of materials. She holds a PhD in soil pollution microbiology from the University of Aberdeen.