After growing up in both Sydney and California, Penny first came across industrial design during a dedicated search for a university course that could combine her passions for science and mathematics as well as design and creativity. The University of London's multidisciplinary degree in Design and Innovation was the perfect combination of practical and creative inspiring critical thinking and collaboration. After university, Penny and a small team of colleagues were given the opportunity to progress a medical device for commercialization as the first students to receive funding from Queen Mary Innovation. Penny spent a year as General Manager of this venture in London before returning to Sydney and starting a new adventure at IDE. Penny loves travelling, cooking, and any excuse to be outside.