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Call to celebrate inspirational female engineers on International Women’s Day

07 March 2016


The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has launched its 2016 Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards (YWE) and is calling on successful young female engineers to enter. The Awards will recognise their talent and professionalism demonstrating to young women and girls across the UK that engineering is a diverse and exciting industry offering creative and challenging careers.

Recognising and celebrating outstanding female engineers has never been so important. Recent statistics from the IET’s Skills and Demand in Industry survey showed that women represent only 9% of the engineering workforce in the UK*.

The 2016 Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards are all about raising the profile of today’s most impressive female engineers, celebrating their successes, and encouraging them to become role models to inspire the next generation of female engineers and help address the gender imbalance in engineering and science.

Former winners of the Awards include Orla Murphy, an Audio Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover, Naomi Mitchison, a senior hardware engineer at Selex ES and Abbie Hutty, a spacecraft engineer currently working on Europe’s first Rover mission to Mars.

President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Naomi Climer, said: “Women are woefully underrepresented in engineering. In a profession with a serious skills shortage, this represents a problem for the economy as well as for diversity. To coincide with International Women’s Day, we want to make it clear that engineering is a fantastic career for women. Not only that – but there are thousands of female engineers doing amazing things in everything from healthcare technology to space exploration.

“The Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards showcase some of the best female engineering talent in this country, hopefully encouraging girls – and boys – to get excited about the possibilities of an engineering career.”

Current IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year, Orla Murphy, said: “My favourite subjects at school were music, maths and physics so by doing engineering I was able to combine all of those subjects into a degree and now a job that I absolutely love.

“By winning the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award, I have been given the opportunity to be an ambassador for women in engineering and to showcase the capability of women in the sector, as well as raise the profile for women in the industry.”

The deadline for entry to the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards is 30 June 2016. For more information, visit: www.theiet.org/ywe.

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• *IET Skills and Demand in Industry Survey, 2015

Media enquiries to:
Rebecca Gillick, External Communications Executive
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M: +44 (0)7725 498 129
E: rgillick@theiet.org 

Notes to editors:

  • Interview opportunities are available with IET spokespeople from a broad range of engineering and technology disciplines including cyber-security, energy, engineering skills, innovation, manufacturing, technology, transport and women in engineering.
  • The IET is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with over 167,000 members in 150 countries. It is also the most interdisciplinary – to reflect the increasingly diverse nature of engineering in the 21st century. Energy, transport, manufacturing, information and communications, and the built environment: the IET covers them all.
  • The IET is working to engineer a better world by inspiring, informing and influencing our members, engineers and technicians, and all those who are touched by, or touch, the work of engineers.
  • We want to build the profile of engineering and change outdated perceptions about engineering in order to tackle the skills gap. This includes encouraging more women to become engineers and growing the number of engineering apprentices.
  • For more information, visit www.theiet.org.
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