Alison’s background is in Mechanical Engineering. She completed a Masters degree using Finite Element Analysis as a design tool for a small diameter polyurethane arterial graft. She worked as an offshore surveyor before joining a design team responsible for manufacturing and installing equipment to improve factory productivity and product defect testing. Currently at the Energy Research Institute she is helping to establish the South African Energy Management Association aimed at improving industrial energy efficiency through increased awareness and training in energy management. She is also involved in energy modelling projects.