The IET's chief executive Nigel Fine (third from left) and president Naomi Climer (fourth from right) stand with this year's winners

Female engineers praised at IET award ceremony

Female engineers from Siemens, Jaguar Land Rover and a UK plastics firm have all been awarded at the IET’s Young Woman Engineers of the Year event.

The awards ceremony is designed to recognise innovative work in engineering by females in order to promote women in the sector

The winners will play an ambassadorial role for the engineering and technology professions in the forthcoming months, promoting engineering careers to girls and young people.

From an initial shortlist of five, three women received an award last night:

  • IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year: Orla Murphy, 25, audio engineer from Jaguar Land Rover
  • IET Mary George Prize for Apprentices: Emma Goulding, 23, controls engineer from Siemens
  • Women’s Engineering Society Award: Helen Cavill, 31, process improvement manager from M&H Plastics

On winning, Orla said: “I can’t believe it! I am so delighted and honoured to have won and to have been given the opportunity to be an ambassador for women in engineering and hopefully a role model to young women and girls, in the hope that they too enter engineering.

“I really want to make the most of the year ahead to showcase the capability of women in engineering and raise the profile for women in the industry.”

Recent statistics from the IET’s Skills and Demand in Industry survey showed that women represent just nine per cent of the engineering workforce.

Upon taking up her position as IET president last month, Naomi Climer said that employers that fail to take on more women of their own accord should be given quotas in order to address the imbalance. 

“I’d like to congratulate the three winners who have been recognised and rewarded for their talent. They are a real credit to the engineering profession,” said Climer speaking at last night’s ceremony.

“But let’s not forget that these women will also help to champion engineering careers to the next generation, particularly girls, who may need a bit of encouragement to consider a career in engineering and technology.

“This is crucial because women are currently losing out on an interesting and rewarding career – engineering is a hugely exciting and diverse career with the opportunity to do something life- or world-changing.

“And our failure to attract enough women into engineering is also contributing to the national skills shortage.”

At last year’s event, Naomi Mitchison, an engineer that worked on military aircraft for Seles-ES, picked up the Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award 2014. 

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