Winning women

Four high-achieving female engineers have been honoured at the IET's Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards 2009.

Sally Walters, a civil engineer with the consultancy Pell Frischmann in Exeter, is the 2009 Young Woman Engineer of the Year, receiving a trophy and a cheque for £1000.

Walters mainly works on wastewater projects for water utilities. She is lead engineer for projects including large sewage treatment schemes involving mechanical, electrical, geotechnical and environmental as well as civil engineers. She is also a STEMNET Ambassador, promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics to young people. “Engineering must run in the blood,” she says, “as three uncles and my father are engineers.”

The winner of the Women’s Engineering Society runner-up prize is Farah Azirah, from Sony Electronics. The winner of the Mary George Award for an outstanding apprentice is Cassandra Butcher of Rolls-Royce. Gemma Lonsdale, Officer in Charge, Tornado Engineering Flight at RAF Lossiemouth, receives a Special Award for Merit.

Kate Walsh, runner-up in the BBC TV programme 'The Apprentice', presented the awards. The event was hosted by IET President Professor Sir Christopher Snowden.

All the winners will take part in a programme of activities to promote the opportunities that exist for women in engineering and encourage others to enter the profession.

The award scheme is run by the IET and sponsored by E.ON, GCHQ, Molson Coors, RAF, RS Components, Scottish Power, Scottish Power Renewables and Transport for London.

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