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Taking flight with STEM

Taking flight with STEM

When Lisa Cusack was 13, she took her first flying lesson, and it set her on a path to become a fully qualified pilot.

Today, she flies the Airbus 330 for Aer Lingus to America twice a week, and she credits her degree in Applied Physics at DCU as a major stepping stone to get there.

“It taught me a great deal about applying myself to my goal and also about approaching and solving problems. A lot of that credit goes to the physics lecturers, who were extremely approachable and encouraging.

As part of my course at DCU I had the opportunity through my INTRA placement, to work in Air Traffic Control, which was a fabulous experience, that led to me getting more flying lessons.”

Understanding the physics of flight has helped Lisa on her journey to the skies.

“Getting a 230 tonne plane 38,000 feet into the air is an incredible feeling, much of which is governed by the laws of physics. We use a lot of technology to monitor and maintain the aircraft during flight and we need a constant insight into atmospheric conditions,” she explains. “Studying physics at DCU has definitely helped me understand aviation in depth, and I believe it played a crucial role in being selected as one of only 12 out of 3000 cadets!”

Lisa Cusack, A330 Pilot, Aer Lingus. BSc in Applied Physics, DCU.

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Article brought to you by "A World of Opportunities: How Science, Technology and Engineering are Transforming the Careers of the Future" published by Dublin City University. 

Lisa Cusack, A330 Pilot, Aer Lingus