Press release

Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards celebrate three outstanding women

04 December 2015

Recognising their ground-breaking work in engineering, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has presented its prestigious Young Woman Engineer of the Year awards to three brilliant young women. All will play an ambassadorial role for the engineering and technology professions in the forthcoming months, promoting engineering careers to girls and young people.

IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year: Audio Engineer Orla Murphy from Jaguar Land Rover, aged 25.

IET Mary George Prize for Apprentices: Controls Engineer Emma Goulding from Siemens, aged 23.

Women’s Engineering Society (WES) Award: Process Improvement Manager Helen Cavill from M&H Plastics, aged 31.

The IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards celebrate today’s most successful female engineers, encouraging them to become role models to inspire more girls to become engineers and help address the gender imbalance in engineering and science.

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.

Orla Murphy, winner of YWE 2015, said: “I can’t believe it! I am so delighted and honoured to have won and to have been given the opportunity to be an ambassador for women in engineering and hopefully a role model to young women and girls, in the hope that they too enter engineering. I really want to make the most of the year ahead to showcase the capability of women in engineering and raise the profile for women in the industry.”

Naomi Climer, IET President, said: “I’d like to congratulate the three winners who have been recognised and rewarded for their talent. They are a real credit to the engineering profession.

“But let’s not forget that these women will also help to champion engineering careers to the next generation, particularly girls, who may need a bit of encouragement to consider a career in engineering and technology.

“This is crucial because women are currently losing out on an interesting and rewarding career – engineering is a hugely exciting and diverse career with the opportunity to do something life- or world-changing.

“And our failure to attract enough women into engineering is also contributing to the national skills shortage.”

Media enquiries to:

Hannah Kellett
External Communications Manager

Tel: +44 (0)1438 767336
Mob: +44 (0)7738 602426
Email: HKellett@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 163,000 members in 127 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.
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