BEng (Hons) Biomedical Materials Science & Engineering, Queen Mary College
PhD (Eng) Materials Science & Engineering, Queen Mary College, University of London
Chartered Engineer (CEng) awarded by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
MFSSoc Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
MIMMM Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
MAE Member of Academy of Experts
Sophie is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining (MIMMM). She received her BEng and PhD (Eng) from Queen Mary College, University of London in Materials Science & Engineering.
After a post-doctoral research post at Queen Mary’s, she joined LGC Forensics, UK, as a Forensic Chemist, specialising in the examination of textile fibres and polyurethane foam retrieved from crime scenes. During this time, Sophie analysed trace evidence, prepared detailed technical reports for court and presented evidence in court as a Court Reporting Officer.
Following her arrival in Hong Kong, Sophie worked as a Research Fellow at City University, Kowloon Tong, developing techniques for analysing trace material evidence in crime laboratories.
In 2012, Sophie joined Hawkins HFS, and has since provided expertise in materials failure analysis and corrosion incidents. As a materials engineer, in addition to metal components, Sophie has conducted investigations involving glass, ceramic, and rubber materials. More recently she has been involved in liquefaction cases and associated laboratory testing for determining the flow point and moisture content of cargo. In addition to her casework, Sophie regularly presents to law firms, P&I Clubs and loss adjusting companies on materials failure analysis and corrosion.