06 December 2013
An operations engineer from London has been announced as the winner of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Women’s Engineering Society (WES) Prize.
Twenty five year-old Yasmin Ali, originally from Southwell, is an Operations Engineer at E.ON in London. Yasmin began her engineering career seven years ago when she decided to study Chemical Engineering at Nottingham University, and after graduating she completed the two year E.ON Engineering and Leadership graduate scheme where she worked in coal and gas fired power stations in the UK as well as on business expansion in Istanbul, Turkey.
In March 2012, Yasmin joined E.ON Exploration and Production as an Operations engineer, taking part in and leading a variety of projects for oil and gas assets in the UK North Sea. The projects she looks after range from working out power requirements and purchasing a power unit for an offshore gas platform, to figuring out the optimum way to flow a new gas well.
Alongside her engineering work, Yasmin dedicates much of her time to promoting engineering careers through attending and presenting at schools and arranging work experience placements for students with her company.
The WES Prize is part of the IET’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards. Now in its 37th year, these awards honour the very best young female engineers working in the UK, and seek to highlight the achievements of women in engineering and encourage others to enter the profession. Currently, just seven per cent of the engineering workforce is female, so there is an urgent need to improve gender diversity in the profession.
Yasmin joined five other finalists at The Pullman Hotel, London St. Pancras where she was named the winner of the WES prize, walking away with a trophy, a certificate and cheque for £750. As the winner of this award, Yasmin will become an ambassador for the profession, encouraging more females to consider engineering as a career.
Barry Brooks, IET President said: “Yasmin is a worthy recipient of the IET WES Prize. She has demonstrated her commitment to develop her career with some challenging work, combined with outreach work to encourage the next generation. She should be very proud of her achievements to date. She is a fantastic role model to all young people thinking of a career in engineering and technology.”
The Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards are part of the IET’s Inspiring Engineering Excellence Awards Series, which this year has provided over £1 million to celebrate excellence and research in the sector and encourage the next generation of engineers and technicians. All of the awards seek to inspire engineering excellence, right from apprentices and technicians at the start of their careers through to highly established professionals.
Yasmin Ali said, “I’m absolutely thrilled to have received this award and it’s a real testament to the hard work I’ve put into my role at E.ON.
“Engineering is a challenging but rewarding industry to work in and it’s great to receive recognition from such a long-running and respected institution as the IET. Hopefully this award will mean the industry can continue to invest in the talents of female engineers for years to come.”
Jo Dutton, Director of Access & Customer Engineering at Virgin Media, which is a sponsor of the IET YWE awards programme commented: "The Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards scheme is a particularly special scheme because it acknowledges the significant impact that young women are having on engineering businesses through boosting productivity and enhancing the skills base. There simply aren’t enough female engineers in the UK and tonight’s winners show just how diverse and interesting a career in engineering can be! Congratulations to Yasmin on picking up the WES Prize – what an achievement.”
The headline sponsors for YWE 2013 include; BP, GCHQ, Intel, Ofcom, Royal Air Force, UKAPE, Virgin Media and Shell.