Maria studied a BEng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Bath. Her bachelor thesis analysed the correlation between electricity and natural gas consumption in the UK. It provided knowledge to assess the impact of physical connectivity issues in the UK generation and electricity distribution network for system operators, industry and policy makers. During her BEng, Maria undertook a placement year with GE Energy Connections in the Marine Offshore Power Systems Department. She was involved in a wide variety of tasks from testing and configuration of electrical components to the creation of interconnection diagrams and engineering specification sheets based on customer specifications for different projects.