This event explores the experiences of women who work in STEM, celebrating their roles and the paths they took to get there.

The event explores the experiences of women in STEM.

Celebrating Female career profiles and diversity of roles, from Apprentices to Directors, within engineering and manufacturing. This event will run to celebrate International Women In Engineering Day and form a collective celebration of diversity.

The aim is to host an event that will Embrace & Inspire; demonstrating a safe space to be your authentic self, which can enable enjoying and successfully embarking on a career within STEM. This event is an opportunity to inspire a broader audience in terms of best practice and seeing diversity succeed; while young people and parents can learn more about apprenticeships, local opportunities and how diversity is welcome at MTC and OAS.

Speakers:
Alice Wise
Alice Wise is a Graduate Research Engineer at the MTC. She currently sits within the Design for Additive Manufacture (DfAM) team, but has also worked with both the metal powder-bed fusion and simulation teams. After completing her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Alice went on to study for a master’s degree in engineering design at Loughborough University, before joining the MTC graduate programme in September 2019.

Elina Militello
Elina has always enjoyed problem solving, understanding how things work and observing what is going on around her. As a teenager she found that maths and physics ticked all these boxes and she decided that she wanted to pursue a career in natural sciences. However, her biggest interest during that time was horses and riding and she spent most of her early teenage years at the local stable or reading fiction books. For the Swedish equivalent of A-levels, Elina studied natural sciences to prepare to go to university. In 1998, when Elina graduated from University of Uppsala with a MSc in Engineering Physics, she had spent three months at CERN for her Master thesis and 6 months as an Erasmus student in Dublin. Elina had then her eyes set on doing a PhD in Fusion Plasma Physics, as fusion had and still has the potential to meet the world’s energy demand in a carbon neutral way. Her PhD would later allow her to work for periods at JET (at Culham, UK), the world’s largest fusion plasma experiment. There she met her first Post Doc supervisor and secured a two-year position at CEA, France. After a second Post Doc at EPFL, Switzerland, she moved to the UK in 2008 to work in the JET management team to learn about the scientific management of a major experiment. In 2012 Elina started her career as an fusion plasma scientist at UKAEA. She is now successfully leading a group consisting of 17 scientists, manages a highly appreciated contract for ITER and is involved in improving Equality, Diversity and Inclusion within UKAEA and on a national level through Women in Nuclear UK.

Hazel Hart
Hazel Hart, Senior Research Technician at CPI, which is a part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, starting up CPI’s LGBT+ inclusion group, and helping to build the group Pride In Catapult across the HVMC.

Jayne Higham
Jayne Higham is a Graduate Research Engineer who has been with the MTC a little over 6 months. She graduated last summer with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering with a Placement Year at Airbus as a Manufacturing Methods and Tooling Engineer. Jayne was an Arkwright Scholar during sixth form followed by an IMechE Scholar through university having set her heart and mind on engineering at age 10.

Josie Knowles
My name is Josie and I am a 17 year old apprentice engineer through AMTC and Meggitt. I have been working in STEM for almost two years through my apprenticeship and I am loving it so far. I began my career straight out of school after year 11, and although it hasn’t been easy it was the best decision I have ever made.

Nandini Chakravorti
Dr Nandini Chakravorti leads the Digital Engineering Group at the MTC.

She has PhD on novel methodologies to implement complex multi-modal sensor based systems and machine learning to support real-time performance monitoring for elite athletes in the UK. 10 years industrial experience with many companies such as Samsung, Motorola and Huawei Technologies working on middleware software applications.