Three young female engineers, aged 23 to 28, have been awarded Young Woman Engineer of the Year titles by the IET, as part of its ongoing mission to promote the engineering profession among young people, especially girls.
Cambridge University lecturer Jenni Sidey, Cisco network security engineer Gemma Dalziel and Rolls-Royce manufacturing systems lead Bethan Murray will now assume their roles as engineering profession ambassadors.
“I am enormously proud to be recognised by such a progressive program promoting women in engineering within the UK,” said Sidey, who won the main IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award for her work on the development of next-generation low-emission combustion devices for transport and energy generation.
“The IET has worked hard to raise awareness of the lack of diversity within the engineering profession and I hope that, through my receipt of this award and involvement in gender diversity initiatives, I can strengthen the IET’s sentiment. To reach our technological potential, the UK’s engineering workforce must be inclusive and diverse.”
Murray received the Women’s Engineering Society Award, whilst Dalziel received the IET Mary George Memorial Prize for Apprentices.
“These talented women are a real credit to the engineering profession and will help to encourage more girls to consider a career in engineering and technology,” said Jeremy Watson CBE, IET President.
“Engineering is an exciting and diverse career with the opportunity to change lives - and the world - so it is crucial that we get more young girls excited about the possibilities of engineering as a career. Our failure to attract enough women into engineering is also contributing to the national skills shortage.”
These prestigious engineering industry awards celebrate women working in modern engineering – and aim to help change the perception that engineering is predominantly a career for men by banishing outdated engineering stereotypes of hard hats and greasy pipes.
As well as highlighting female engineering talent, the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards seek to find female role models who can help address the UK science and engineering skills crisis by promoting engineering careers to more girls and women. According to the 2016 IET Skills Survey, women currently represent only nine per cent of the engineering workforce in the UK, the lowest percentage in Europe.