MBE for work in the field of engineering

A woman from Princes Risborough has been awarded an MBE for her services to engineering.

Tuesday, 14th June 2016, 11:34 am
Updated Tuesday, 14th June 2016, 12:37 pm
Susan Bird

Susan Bird, 67, received the honour as a mark of her work as a consultant acoustic engineer and for her efforts in trying to get more women into the field of engineering.

Mrs Bird, who said it was a complete surprise when she opened the letter from the palace has enjoyed a varied career and during the mid 1970s she worked on Concorde where she specialised in monitoring flyover noise.

She said: “It was exciting because we got to see the planes in flight.”

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Later Mrs Bird worked at Greater London Council within the noise department, however when this was abolished she moved on to become a partner at Bird Acoustics based in Princes Risborough.

There she worked on the designing and monitoring of noise levels around big planning developments.

Mrs Bird has also been a member of the Women’s Engineering Society for 44 years, with two spells as president.

She said: “There are more women in engineering now but it has been a fight.”

She retired from Bird Acoustics in 2008 and lives in Shootacre Lane with her husband Peter, also a retired acoustic engineer.