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  • Researcher, Louisa Carless

    "Working abroad and learning to adapt to another culture is one of the great perks about working for an international company like Tata Steel."

    I was lucky enough to be seconded to the Netherlands, where I work as a researcher in the Automotive Applications Department.

    I started my career as a graduate trainee in Port Talbot and after three years transferred to the labs in IJmuiden.

    In my current job I plan, analyse and present research work for a range of Tata Steel business units. One field of my work is assessment of the tribological performance of surfaces and coatings, with the aim of optimising friction and wear in our customers’ forming processes. I am also involved in measuring the hardening and deformation behaviour of sheet metals in order to provide accurate material data parameters for forming simulations of car body panels. A sideline of my job is being involved in the communications and PR for my department and assisting with the internal R&D Magazine.

    In my spare time, I like to experiment with new crafts and interesting recipes.