Finalists for IET Young Woman Engineer (YWE) of the Year Awards 2017 announced

10 October 2017
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The IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2017 finalists

Six young female engineers working on projects ranging from emerging defence technologies to new Apple products have all been shortlisted for the IET’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards 2017.

These prestigious engineering industry awards, which celebrate their 40th anniversary this year, recognise and showcase outstanding young women working in modern engineering – and aim to help change the perception that engineering is predominantly a career for men by banishing outdated engineering stereotypes of hard hats and greasy pipes.


Ellie Wilson, Jamie D’Ath, Dr Larissa Suzuki, Dr Ozak Esu, Dr Shaona Ghosh and Sophie Caffrey have all been shortlisted for Awards.


  • Ellie Wilson is an Instrumentation and Control Technician at SemLogistics, where she is responsible for installing and maintaining all instrumentation and control systems on site.
  • Jamie D’Ath is an Engineering Apprentice at MBDA where she is about to embark on her final placement within the Trials department.
  • Dr Larissa Suzuki is an award-winning and passionate computer scientist, inventor and engineer having worked on smart cities, data infrastructure, emerging technology and computing applied to medicine. She is currently an Honorary Researcher at UCL.
  • Dr Ozak Esu is an Electrical Engineer at Cundall, where she undertakes surveys of existing buildings, and engineers coordinated electrical services for new build, refurbishment and fit-out projects.
  • Dr Shaona Ghosh is a Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing Scientist.
  • Sophie Caffrey is a Technical Apprentice at Leonardo, currently working in Applied Research, looking at new and emerging technologies within defence.


As well as highlighting female engineering talent, the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards seek to find female role models who can help address the UK science and engineering skills crisis by promoting engineering careers to  more girls and women. Women currently represent only 9 per cent of the engineering workforce in the UK (source: 2016 IET Skills Survey), the lowest percentage in Europe.


Jo Foster, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at the IET, said: “Women are still significantly underrepresented in engineering and these Awards help to highlight some of the amazing talent in the UK. The calibre this year was as strong as ever and it’s going to be a tough final decision to make.


“One of the difficulties in attracting women into engineering is the perception of engineering as a career. It’s often thought of as masculine, dirty and unglamorous. The reality is very different. Engineering is an exciting and highly paid career. It’s diverse, creative and offers the opportunity to do something life – or even – world changing.”


The winner will be announced at the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards ceremony on 7 December at IET London: Savoy Place.