Female electrical engineer scoops prestigious award

Electrical engineer Hanna Sykulska has won the IET’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award for 2008. 

The Oxford-born 26-year-old follows in the footsteps of previous winners of the IET’s prestigious awards, which celebrate the best female engineering talent in the UK.

Sykulska has been working at Imperial College Electrical Engineering Department for four years. The winner of the IET Write around the World 2006 competition, Sykulska also worked on the Phoenix NASA mission as an instrument downlink engineer, where she was the youngest member of the team.

Away from work, Sykulska enjoys ballroom dancing at a competitive level, a hobby she takes very seriously, competing regularly throughout the year.

Sykulska was presented with her trophy and a cheque for £1,000 at the BT Centre, London. Sykulska will now act as an ambassador for the profession, as a role model to female students.

Also honoured at the event was 27-year-old Bilal Thakore, currently employed as global client development and technical consultant at LEGO Systems in Denmark. You can read more about Thakore's work in E&T magazine’s Lego for Life profile.

Other female engineers shortlisted were Katie Lester, a 20-year-old from Southend who is currently completing her apprenticeship with RWE N-Power; Elaine Hislop, a 21-year-old Glaswegian who works as a technical apprentice at BVT Fleet, the UK’s leading provider of surface warships; and Laura Campbell, a 25-year-old Glaswegian colleague of Hislop, who recently completed her two-year graduate programme at BVT Surface Fleet, becoming lead mechanical engineer within the Concepts and Assessments department.

The five candidates were shortlisted as they demonstrated remarkable achievements in - and contributions to - the engineering industry.

Young Woman Engineer is an annual competition, which seeks the UK’s most charismatic female engineer under the age of 30. Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2008 was sponsored by BT, the Women Engineering Society (WES) and Premier Farnell.

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