Penny Probert Smith

Reader of Engineering Science, Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall

Penny Probert SmithPenny Probert Smith is a Reader of Engineering Science and Tutor at Lady Margaret Hall. Her first degree was in Electrical Sciences and her doctoral and post doctoral work at Cambridge was in microwave devices and instrumentation. In Oxford she kept up the interest in instrumentation originally with sonar/ultrasound in the robotics group, where she became interested in signal and image processing. A move to Biomedical Engineering gave more opportunities in ultrasound and has renewed her interest in electrical signals. At present she works in the IBME on image formation from the magnetic signals from the brain (MEG) and on microwave systems to detect breast tumours, working with clinicians in the Oxford Hospital Trust. She has always enjoyed undergraduate teaching and has taken on several major roles in her college in undergraduate admissions, graduate support and more recently as Vice Principal. This year she is acting as University Assessor.

She has four children aged between 24 and 30, who are based around the UK and overseas, and a grandchild. The older three were born whilst working part time in Cambridge as Director of Studies in Engineering at Newnham and holding research positions in the Engineering Department, and the youngest in Oxford where she was appointed a University Lecturer in 1988. On return from maternity leave she worked part time (80%) for two years before resuming a full time position.

She is an active musician, playing violin and piano for relaxation and in local orchestras and chamber groups. She enjoys active outdoor pursuits.