Dr Jenna Stevens-Smith is a public engagement professional with an imaginative appreciation of science and engineering and strong grasp of current affairs. She has a BEng and PhD in bioengineering and has been working in the field since 2007.
In her role at Imperial Dr Stevens-Smith is the admissions tutor and leads on outreach and engagement for the Department of Bioengineering. This includes national policy initiatives for the discipline including recognition, health innovation and diversity and working with a number of external and internal partners to help raise the profile of the discipline of bioengineering. In 2014 she was appointed Director of the UK's largest bioengineering conference and in 2016 and 2017 was highly commended for the President's Societal Engagement award for Leadership at Imperial.
Jenna works collaboratively with colleagues in Imperial and other institutions to enhance the impact of the research through extensive networks in academia, funding agencies, industry, media, politics and learned societies.
Prior to joining Imperial in June 2013, Jenna worked for the Royal Society of Biology where she delivered a number of Parliamentary events, including the creation of Voice of the Future, and developed their public engagement and regional programmes and engaged 250,000 people in two years through collaboration with the BBC.
In the Department of Bioengineering Dr Stevens-Smith's outreach and engagement work includes supporting all academics with outreach about their research, creating opportunities for bioengineers to engage with the public, brokering new partnerships and developing creative demos and activities to make bioengineering more accessible.