This year’s EDT Future Industry Leaders Awards were all won by young women with an interest in engineering.
The annual awards, run by science and engineering education charity EDT, looks for students who excelled during their EDT ‘Year in Industry’ placement.
With over 500 placements undertaken each year, Katie Archibald, Ana Groom and Elizabeth Palmer rose to the challenge with projects judged by a panel of experts to be of the very top standard.
Named Year in Industry National Winner 2015, Katie was awarded for developing an accurate mathematical computer model of the reflectivity of the ground, as seen by her placement company Finmeccanica-Selex ES’ radars.
Ana Groom won the IET Award for Innovation for her project which involved developing a new capability within Rolls-Royce for programming robots that undertake ‘shot peening’, a process which is used to finish metal parts to prevent fatigue and stress corrosion failures and to prolong product life for the part.
Centrica’s Award for Environmental Awareness 2015 went to Elizabeth for her role in the work to replace Network Rail’s expired Churchill Road footbridge in North London.
Continuing the trend, the Engineering Education Scheme Future Industry Leaders Award, for the best extracurricular six month programme for year 12 students, was won by a team from Chelmsford County High School for Girls for a project they undertook with engineers from BAE Systems.
“While EDT encourages all young people into science and engineering careers, for some time a particular objective of our work has been to convince girls that there are no barriers to them having enjoyable and successful careers in industry,” says Dr Gordon Mizner, EDT Chief Executive. “The success of these award winners shows that the message can get through. These young women are undoubtedly the first of a growing cohort of female future industry leaders.”