Wanted: Young Woman Engineer of the Year

Mar 8, 2022

The IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year awards open for applications on International Women's Day as the search begins for brilliant women in STEM. The awards celebrate women working in modern engineering and aim to find role models who can help address the UK science and engineering skills crisis by promoting engineering careers to more girls and women.

Dr Ciara McGrath, a lecturer in aerospace systems at the University of Manchester won the 2021 Young Women Engineer Award.

She said: “It’s very tempting to shy away from our achievements and hide from the spotlight, but I have seen first-hand how sharing and celebrating our success can give others the courage and confidence to believe in themselves. So, on this International Women’s Day, let’s take the opportunity to share stories – of women who have inspired us, but also of our own moments of inspiration, determination and success. However small they may seem to us, they can make a big difference in the world."

Former winners include Ella Podmore, Materials Engineer for McLaren Automotive, Ying Wan Loh, Manufacturing Engineer at Rolls-Royce plc, Sophie Harker, Aerodynamics & Performance Engineer for BAE Systems and Dr Ozak Esu, Technical Lead at BRE.

The main award goes to a dynamic young engineer who represents the very best of engineering. She’s a high achiever, a problem solver and a team player. The Young Woman Engineer of the Year should be an inspiration to her colleagues and, just as importantly, have the charisma and personality to inspire others to follow in her footsteps.

The Mary George Memorial Prize for Apprentices recognises apprentice who has gone above and beyond and demonstrated dynamism in her approach to the solution of engineering problems. The Women’s Engineering Society (WES) Prize goes to someone who can engage and inspire young people’s involvement in STEM and the Gender Diversity Ambassador Award celebrates someone who has spent a large proportion of their career committed to addressing the gender imbalance within their profession.

All winners are STEM role models, who are passionate about changing their own lives and changing others too.

Entry deadline: 1 July 2022.

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