IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year

2 December 2011
IET Communications team
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Captain Charlotte Joyce and Mylene Klass

IET names Captain Charlotte Joyce Young Woman Engineer of 2011.

Captain Charlotte Joyce, aircraft engineering officer in the 4 Regiment Army Air Corp, is the IET’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year.

Receiving a trophy and a cheque for £1,000 at yesterday’s ceremony at IET London: Savoy Place, Charlotte will also serve as ambassador and spokesperson to encourage and enthuse more young women to consider an engineering career.

Charlotte’s role within the Army Air Corp involves supplying helicopters to embark on world-wide operations, whilst leading engineering soldiers in dangerous and challenging environments.  

She has undertaken extensive charity work and has been to Rwanda working with rural women’s groups in remote locations to help drive income generating initiatives. She also volunteered in Uganda, helping to implement basic water treatment technology, fuel-efficient stoves, and sanitation education.

The Mary George Memorial Prize for an outstanding female engineering apprentice was awarded to Laurie-Ann Benner, a reliability engineer with PEME Process Control. Laurie-Ann received a trophy and a cheque for £750.

The Women’s Engineering Society Prize was awarded to Kelly-Ann Walker, combustion engineer at E.ON New Build & Technology, who received a trophy and a cheque for £500.

Natasha Carpenter was presented with a Special Recognition Award, and Jamie-Leigh Clayton won a Special Merit.

Commenting on the awards, IET deputy president Professor Andy Hopper said: “Each finalist is a shining industry example, and I offer my sincere congratulations to them all.”

The lively ceremony was presented by TV personality, Mylene Klass, opened by Professor Andy Hopper, and closed by IET chief executive and secretary Nigel Fine.

The Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2010, Arlene McConnell, inspired the audience as she enthusiastically shared the highlights of her rewarding year as ambassador.

Mylene Klass said that she felt she should justify why she was qualified to present the prestigious awards to “uber-clever” young women, raising many laughs when she revealed a photograph of herself as a young girl being awarded an engineering prize by Carol Vorderman. The prize was won, Mylene said, for creating a model of a Ferris Wheel with only paper, but she was pipped to the winning post by a model of a turbine!

The evening proved to be moving and inspirational, with a few laughs in the right places, and we can be sure that Cpt Charlotte Joyce will prove herself an impressive role model throughout her year as Young Woman Engineer of the Year.