An Aircraft Engineering Officer has been named the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) 2011 Young Woman Engineer of the Year.
Captain Charlotte Joyce, Aircraft Engineering Officer, 4 Regiment Army Air Corps received a trophy and a cheque for £1,000 at a ceremony in London last night. She will act as an ambassador and spokesperson for the industry.
“It’s a real honour and privilege to win this award tonight. This is a great opportunity to inspire a range of young people to take up the exciting career that engineering is and I hope to use this opportunity, as an ambassador for the IET, to demonstrate the diversity of engineering careers available and the security this profession has to offer,” she said.
Capt. Joyce was recognised for her work in supplying airworthy battle winning helicopters on worldwide operations and leading soldiers in dangerous and challenging environments, from Afghanistan to Libya.
While at university she was involved in charity work for Bristol Volunteers for Development Abroad, taking her to Rwanda to work with rural women’s groups in remote locations to drive income generating initiatives and to improve their family diet. She then led the team to Uganda to help implement basic water treatment technology, fuel efficient stoves and sanitation education.
The awards were presented last night by TV presenter, Myleene Klass, at an awards ceremony held at IET London: Savoy Place. The awards, made up of three prizes, seek to recognise the very best female engineers under the age of 30 working in the UK today and aim to inspire others to enter the profession.
The Mary George Memorial Prize for an outstanding female Engineering Apprentice was awarded to Laurie-Ann Benner, Reliability Engineer, PEME Process Control who received a trophy and cheque for £750.
The Women’s Engineering Society Prize was awarded to Kelly-Ann Walker, Combustion Engineer at E.ON New Build & Technology. Kelly received a trophy and cheque for £500.
Professor Andy Hopper, deputy president of the IET, said: “The recognition of these women who have entered the industry through a variety of routes and secured a strong future for themselves will hopefully inspire other young women to strive for more and consider engineering as worthwhile career, particularly during a time when the future may appear uncertain for a lot of young people. Each finalist is a shining industry example and I offer my sincere congratulations to them all.”