CLAIRE SOARES is a registered professional engineer in Texas, USA and Alberta, Canada and graduated with a B.Sc.Eng and an M.B.A. in 1993. Her career began in computational fluid dynamics working for Brian Spalding in Imperial College, London, on the COBALT project. She then spent about two years working on developing structural patents for the marine and the power distribution industries in England and Canada. Her rotating machinery career began at Syncrude site in Fort McMurray, Alberta, in 1975.
She later moved to Esso Resources and conventional oil and gas production until 1981. She then accepted a three-year commission with the Canadian Air Force as Propulsion Systems Manager for all transportation engines in the Department of Defence Transport Command in Canada. After that, she moved to the United States to start work as a senior engineer for Ryder Airline Services Division (ASD was also called Aviall and, before that, CooperAirmotive), where she ran technical support for 250 mechanics and their supervisors, and where she became manager of the V2500 engine repair program three years later.
She is now an independent consultant, trainer, and writer and organizes one or two conference sessions annually for the International Gas Turbine Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), where she is a Fellow.