Outstanding Young Woman Engineers of the Year honoured at IET awards ceremony
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The IET has announced the winners of the Young Woman Engineers of the Year Awards.
The Young Woman Engineers of the Year Awards celebrate women working in engineering; the IET hopes that they will create role models and challenge the stale perception of engineering as a career for men in hard hats and overalls. According to Engineering UK, just 12 per cent of people working in engineering and technical occupations are women.
The IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year is 28-year-old Ying Wan Loh, a manufacturing engineer for Rolls-Royce. After completing her postgraduate degree at the University of Cambridge, Ying co-founded a tech start-up which has grown rapidly.
“I am so honoured to receive this award. I have a great team and support system behind me and this is an amazing feeling,” Ying said. “This award isn’t just about me, it’s about all the outstanding women changing the world through engineering. The IET gives female engineers a voice to be heard and I want to use this platform to raise the profile of women in STEM and capture the imagination of young girls everywhere, showing them that they too can be an engineer.”
The IET Mary George Memorial Prize for Apprentices was awarded to 21-year-old Samantha Magowan, an applications engineer for Dale Power Solutions, who works with customers to find solutions to their requirements. The Women’s Engineering Society Award was given to Dr. Claire Lucas, 33, an associate professor of systems and Information engineering, who is also responsible for teaching in systems, biomedical and general engineering.
The IET has also introduced the Gender Diversity Ambassador Award, which recognises an engineer’s work towards gender equality in the industry. The award was given to Wing Commander Glynis Dean, who led the Royal Air Force Youth and Diversity Team from 2008 to 2018.
The winners were announced at a glitzy ceremony held at Savoy Place, the IET"s flagship building in central London.
All winners and finalists will play an ambassadorial role for engineering and technology in the coming months.
Jo Foster, the IET's equality, diversity, and inclusion manager, commented: “I’d like to congratulate our fantastic winners and highly commended recipients of this year’s awards. They are inspirational and a real credit to the engineering profession and will play a huge part in altering the perception of what a career in engineering and technology can look like.
"It’s vital we champion engineering careers to the next generation – it’s a diverse, creative and exciting career, which offers the opportunity to do something life- or even world-changing.”
Chris Skidmore, the minister for universities, science, research and innovation, commented: “It is crucial that we recognise the importance of this industry in advancing society and economic growth. Boosting engineering is a top priority for the government and it is events like this that are helping to transform our agenda on this topic.”
Helen Wollaston, CEO of WISE, the campaign for greater gender balance in STEM said: “It’s always great to see women succeeding in what have traditionally male-dominated roles. Women like these are working on the science, technology and engineering that is changing the world. We are pleased to be working with the IET to share stories of positive role models like these to support greater diversity and ultimately give more women these opportunities.”
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