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Bijal Thakore

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Bijal Thakore

Awards: WES - YWEotY 2009

Biography

At LEGO, Bijal has worked extensively with clients such as Airbus, Shell, and BT, helping create stronger, more innovative teams, particularly in engineering organizations. Prior to LEGO, she worked at the Composite Research Lab at AIRBUS, and at Rolls-Royce Defence Aerospace Ltd., working with the Future Projects Office and also supported flight testing of next generation of Adour Mk951 Jet Engines. In addition, she worked at the US-based X PRIZE Foundation to develop various prize concepts for social entrepreneurship solutions to poverty and at the International Space University as a Teaching Associate and researched lunar infrastructure in the next generation of space exploration.

Bee was born in India, but has worked and lived in the UK, Canada, France, China and US. Bee has a Masters of Engineering in Aerospace (with Honours) from University of Bath and Masters of Space Management from the International Space University. She was elected as the Regional Coordinator for Asia Pacific for the Space Generation Advisory Council, for which she has been a vocal advocate for a number of years. Bee has been elected to the Board of Directors of The Planetary Society, and is a member of the International Astronautical Federation's advisory committee on Space and Society. She has addressed the UN Committee of Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and has recently been awarded the prestigious 2009 Women Engineering Society Award in recognition of outstanding contribution and service to engineering by the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

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