The Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards 2017: Inspiring Engineers

Published: 08 Dec 2017 By Cameron Collins

Last night saw the conclusion of the 40th annual Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards, with three young women receiving the prestigious awards. Originally launched in 1978, the awards were designed to honour the very best early career female engineers in the UK.

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Cundall Electrical Engineer, Dr Ozak Esu, MBDA Mechanical Engineering Apprentice, Jamie D’ath and Founders4School Data Lead, Dr Larissa Suzuki will now assume their roles as STEM ambassadors.

“It feels fantastic – I am truly honoured to receive the award” said Dr Oask Esu, who won the Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award. “I hope to use this platform to promote engineering as an exciting and creative career choice for young people.”

Jamie D’Ath took home the Mary George Prize for Apprentices. On winning she said; “It feels amazing. Everyone has done so well and it’s great recognition – it really inspires you to keep pushing forward in your career. I hope that the children that I speak to will be more encouraged to think about a future in engineering and technology.”

The Women’s Engineering Society (WES) Award went to Dr Larrissa Sukuki, who said: “I am very proud and honoured to have received this award. I will continue doing my work to support women in computing and technology, raising the glass ceiling for women in tech and also to ensure the success of current and past women in Computing are recognised.  We must make them visible to inspire the generations to come. Their ground-breaking work can serve as an inspiration to both girls and boys alike.”

The Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards are organised by the IET as part of its continuing pursuit to promote and encourage engineering as a career choice to young people, especially women. According to the 2016 IET Skills Survey, women currently make up on nine per cent of the UK’s engineering workforce, a figure the IET has been working to change. The Awards have contributed towards this cause by not only through recognising and rewarding talent, but also through discovering female role models within the engineering industry and giving them the platform to promote their work and inspire younger generations.

“I’d like to congratulate our fantastic winners and finalists of this year’s awards. They are a real credit to the engineering profession and will make excellent role models to young girls who might be thinking about a career in engineering and technology,” said Jo Foster, IET Diversity and Inclusion Manager. “It’s vital we champion engineering careers to the next generation – it’s a diverse, creative and exciting career, which offers the opportunity to do something life – or even – world changing.”

For this year’s awards, the headline sponsors were: Analog Devices, BAE Systems, Balfour Beatty, Boeing, GCHQ, Leonardo, Ofcom, Rolls-Royce, Royal Air Force, Royal Mail, RS Components, Teledyne e2v, Thales, Veolia and Wiley Engineering. As such, we thank all of them for their contributions towards last night’s inspirational event.    

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