Yewande Akinola named IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year

7 December 2012
IET Communications team
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Gabby Logan and Yewande Akinola

TV presenter Gabby Logan (left) and the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year for 2012, Yewande Akinola.

Environmental services engineer to act as an ambassador for the IET and the engineering profession during 2013.

On Thursday, 6 December, the IET announced the winners of its 2012 Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards, with Yewande Akinola, an environmental services engineer with ARUP, named the overall winner.

Made up of three coveted prizes, the awards were presented by TV presenter Gabby Logan at IET London: Savoy Place.

The Young Woman Engineer of the Year programme recognises the very best female engineers under the age of 30 working in the UK today, and aims to inspire others to enter the profession.

Yewande walked away with the top prize of £2,500 and will act as an ambassador for the IET and the engineering profession during 2013.

She commented: “Winning this has encouraged me to work even harder to put all the effort I can into spreading the message about how successful women in engineering are and can be. I’m hoping this will help me tell an effective story that will inspire young girls to consider a career in engineering and will demonstrate the diverse and fantastic opportunities this industry has to offer.”

Yewande was recognised for her commitment to sustainability and innovation regarding water supply technology, including water sanitation methods for developing and underdeveloped countries. With a passion for design and production, she successfully demonstrated her talent of taking engineering ideas from concept right through to manufacture.

Other awards on the night included the 2012 Women’s Engineering Society Prize, which was awarded to Charlotte Tingley from BAE Systems. Charlotte received a trophy and cheque £750 for her achievements, which include her work on the world’s most advanced pilot’s helmet.

The 2012 Intel Inspirational Award for Entrepreneurship was awarded to 18-year-old Jessica Jones. Receiving a cheque for £250, Jessica was recognised for her recent work in helping to design a portable, electronic foetal contraction monitor for Huntleigh Healthcare Diagnostics.

IET deputy president Barry Brooks said: “These awards continue to champion some of the UK’s highest achieving female engineers who have become the finest role models for young people across the nation. The awards demonstrate the wide variety of career possibilities available in engineering and technology, particularly in such uncertain times for a lot of young people. I congratulate each finalist and hope that each has inspired a new generation of young women to consider the opportunities that are available to them, as an engineer."

You can watch a video of the 2012 Young Woman Engineer of the Year ceremony on IET.tv.

Nominations for the 2013 awards are now open, and more information is available at www.theiet.org/ywe.

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