Top 50 Women in Engineering Under 35 list announced on International Women in Engineering Day, 23 June 2017
The list of the top 50 Women in Engineering Under 35 (WE50) will be published in the Daily Telegraph on 23 June 2017 to coincide with International Women in Engineering Day (INWED).
The list, compiled by the Telegraph in collaboration with the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), will feature the UK’s top rising female stars of engineering chosen from more than 500 nominations.
Kirsten Bodley, Chief Executive of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), the organisation that founded International Women in Engineering Day, commented: “We had a very high response to the campaign this year and were hugely impressed with the entries. This list of inspirational younger women shows the breadth and depth of talent and innovation across all engineering sectors. It is a great way of encouraging the next generation to enter the engineering and allied sectors and for women to succeed there.”
The candidates on the WE50 list represent the broad range of engineering roles available including those from the traditional built environment, energy, aerospace and transport sectors, but also including names from academia as well as authors and outstanding students and apprentices.
WE50 is one of the key events being held on INWED2017. Hundreds of other exciting INWED events will be taking place on 23 June 2017 in the UK and across the world, from Canada and the USA to Spain, Brazil and Peru. They range from talks, tours, open days and debates to competitions, networking events, site visits, videos and campaigns.
Brief biographies of some of the 50 engineers on the list will be printed in the Telegraph on 23 June and this will be accompanied by a celebratory afternoon tea taking place at One Great George Street, London, to which all the WE50 and other influential figures within engineering have been invited. Following this, the Telegraph will be hosting an evening awards dinner celebration for the Top 50 award winners and the sponsors of the initiative at the Banking Hall in the City of London.
Many prominent public- and private-sector organisations are sponsoring INWED this year, demonstrating their commitment to diversity within all sectors of engineering. They include leading educational institutions such as Cranfield University and Nottingham Trent University; professional institutions, training providers and membership organisations including Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), Engineers Ireland, the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM), the Institute of Refrigeration (IOR), the Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organisation (OPITO) and the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng).
Public sector support comes from London’s fire and rescue service the London Fire Brigade; with private-sector sponsors including Boeing, ChapmanBDSP, Cirrus Logic, Colas Ltd, QinetiQ, SSE and Wiley.
Views and comments from sponsors and supporters of INWED and WE50
“As active corporate supporters of the Women’s Engineering Society, the Building Engineering Services Association are proud to sponsor the International Women in Engineering Day 2017, helping to spread the message to women and young girls that engineering offers superb career prospects and the opportunity to improve society by contributing to amazing projects.” Paul McLaughlin, Chief Executive.
“Boeing is committed to ensuring a diverse workforce of talented employees,” said Sir Michael Arthur, president of Boeing Europe and managing director of Boeing UK and Ireland. “Since 2011 Boeing’s direct employment in the UK to support local airline, military and security customers has doubled, to 2,200, and the company is hiring, on average, a new employee per day, many of them female engineers. To ensure Boeing’s pace of growth continues it is essential that the UK develops a pipeline of talent in the engineering sector. Boeing proudly supports International Women in Engineering day and the great work that the Women in Engineering Society is doing to inspire future female innovators.”
“Diversity and inclusivity drive our innovative workforce, and Cirrus Logic strives to cultivate a corporate culture where all of our employees have the support and opportunities they need to thrive,” said Jo-Dee Benson, vice president and chief culture officer, Cirrus Logic.
“ChapmanBDSP is delighted to sponsor INWED 2017 as part of our continued diversity campaign. With an ever-increasing number of women working within our business, this event raises awareness of women in our industry, which we hope will inspire and engage future engineers into our exciting industry,” said Ray Upjohn, Chief Executive (ChapmanBDSP).
“Colas is a proud sponsor of International Women in Engineering Day 2017, promoting, rewarding careers and opportunities in engineering for women. Colas is committed to supporting greater diversity within the sector and actively encourages Women in Engineering.” Lee Rushbrooke (CEO Colas Ltd.)
Dr Christine Thompson, Director of Research and Innovation at Cranfield University, said: “Cranfield has the largest number of engineering and technology postgraduates of any university in the UK. It’s through their work, and our diverse staff community, that we are addressing some of the world’s most pressing engineering challenges. We are passionate
about equality and diversity, and through International Women in Engineering Day, we hope to encourage more women to work in this exciting, rewarding discipline.”
Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland and the first female to hold the role, said: “Engineers Ireland is delighted to support the Women’s Engineering Society to celebrate the achievements of women in engineering and inspire younger generations on International Women in Engineering Day.
“Lack of diversity in engineering is a concern in many countries and it is a priority issue for Engineers Ireland. Our future engineers will help to modernise a better world – and all voices need to be heard. To deliver the best creative solutions to societal needs, we need to narrow the gender gap and create balance within the profession or we will miss the clear opportunity that exists to harness the very specific creativity and innovative skills that are the hallmark of female engineers.”
"The IOR is committed to supporting INWED 2017 - our industry is currently facing a skills shortage and it's never been more important to encourage women to choose a career in refrigeration and air conditioning engineering. As part of INWED 2017 the Institute of Refrigeration are holding a training course focusing on career development for women in the industry on 23 June and the event is sold out, which demonstrates the commitment of employers in this sector to the benefits of a diverse workforce." Miriam Rodway, CEO, Institute of Refrigeration.
Joint Head of LFB Fire Engineering Group and Chartered Engineer Lynsey Seal commented: “The London Fire Brigade is proud to be involved in highlighting engineering as a fulfilling career choice for women and is keen to see greater diversity within the sector.”
“We’re excited to be championing the role of females in engineering; events like INWED 2017 inspire the next generation of female engineers, who add their unique skills and abilities to this dynamic sector. Here at Nottingham Trent University, our industry-focussed and professionally-accredited courses are designed to enable all of our students to pursue a career in the global engineering industry.”
“QinetiQ is delighted to support International Women in Engineering Day 2017 as a corporate sponsor. Encouraging more girls and women into engineering is vital if we are to meet skills needs in the UK and ensures more people have the opportunity to enjoy rewarding careers.” Dr Sam Healy, Group Corporate Responsibility Director.
“Women make up half of our population - with the current engineering skills crisis we must embrace that talent. The progress of the UK depends on our ability to encourage and inspire people - irrespective of gender, race or social background - to discover the potential that a career in engineering offers them and to fully support them in realising that potential.” Dervilla Mitchell CBE FREng, Director -Arup and Chair of RAEng Diversity & Inclusion Committee Allan Cook CBE FREng, Chairman - Atkins and Chair of RAEng Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Group
Rosie MacRae, who leads SSE’s Inclusion and Diversity work, said: “International Women in Engineering Day provides a great platform to demonstrate the increasing number of women taking up careers in engineering. Society however is facing a significant skills gap in the next 5 to 10 years so through our partnerships with external organisations and our internal work, SSE is trying to inspire many more young girls to consider engineering as a career choice to help fill that gap. We’re delighted to support such an important day in the calendar and hope it can encourage more women to both study engineering and to go on to pursue a career in engineering.”
“At Wiley, we help people and organizations develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. Our online scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals, combined with our digital learning solutions help universities, societies, businesses, governments and individuals increase the impact of their work. We are proud to support INWED as we are privileged to work every day with women in the engineering sector who are also our authors, Editors and society partners. Wiley recognizes that empowering female engineers is important, and we have created various resources - including our Women in Engineering stories page - designed to inspire, encourage, and support the career aspirations of the world’s future Engineers.” Shari Hofer, SVP of Marketing in Wiley’s Research business.
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Notes for Editors
• The WE50 campaign was jointly coordinated by the Daily Telegraph and the Women’s Engineering Society and sponsored by Scottish Power, Bechtel and BAE Systems.
• Press are welcome to attend the afternoon tea at One Great George Street by registering with firstname.lastname@example.org
• International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) is an annual event developed and coordinated by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) to celebrate the achievements of women in engineering and inspire younger generations. It takes place on 23 June – the date of the foundation of WES in 1919. For full details of events taking place around the world under the INWED banner go to www.inwed.org.uk/events-2017.html
• The Women’s Engineering Society (WES) is a charity which was established in 1919 to promote diversity in engineering. It is a membership organisation and supports women engineers; encourages the engineering education; and supports corporate engineering diversity and inclusion. www.wes.org.uk
• For further information about the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) contact: Women’s Engineering Society, Michael Faraday House, Six Hills Way, Stevenage, Herts. SG1 2AY Tel. 01438 765506 email email@example.com