Patricia has an MSci in astrophysics from University College London and a PhD in theoretical astrophysics from the University of Cambridge. She has experience as a software engineer in industry and as a mathematical modeller in the public sector. Her PhD was in planetary dynamics and symplectic integration methods. She has also completed two post-doctoral positions in non-linear dynamics and spacecraft dynamics. Software development has always been a significant part of her work. She has extensive experience with a number of different programing languages and likes to keep up to date with modern development practices. She has worked in a range of different fields and likes the challenge of learning about new areas of mathematics and physics.