The IET’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards 2016 - Inspire, Inform, Influence, Invited – Celebrate the women who will shape the future (Title image with photos showing the faces of four women engineers)

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Ceremony host - Carol Vorderman


For TV viewers across the UK, Carol Vorderman will always be synonymous with Countdown, Channel 4's hit quiz show, in which she calculated the answers to mathematical conundrums with lightning like speed, leading to the affectionate appellation "The Numbers Queen". She appeared on Countdown from the shows inception in 1982 until 2008 (over 4,750 episodes!).

But Countdown is only a part of the equation that has added up to Carol's success as a TV presenter/host. She has also presented the BBC's science and technology programme Tomorrow's World, as well as hosting entertainment shows such as ITV's Pride of Britain Awards and Loose Women.

Other shows she has presented include Take Nobody's Word For It, World Chess Championship, Dream House, Britain's Brainiest Kid, Have I Got News For You, Carol's Big Brain Game, The Sunday Night Project, Lorraine (as a guest presenter) and Food Glorious Food.

In addition, Carol's popularity has led to numerous guest appearances on such shows as Celebrity Stars In Their Eyes, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Top Gear, Ant & Dec's Gameshow Marathon, The Apprentice: You're Fired!, Would I Lie To You?, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Question Time, Room 101, Piers Morgan's Life Stories, The Jonathan Ross Show, Celebrity Squares, The Saturday Show, Tonight At The London Palladium, and Michael McIntyre's Big Show. In 2016, Carol finished in eighth place in the sixteenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! 

Carol has had newspaper columns in The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mirror, and has also written two books on Detox diets, with Detox For Life selling over a million copies.

Carol supports a number of charities, and is an active supporter and advocate of the RAF Association, appearing at airshows and taking part in other fundraising events.


Inspirational Guest Speaker - Anne-Marie Imafidon


From child prodigy to MBE, Anne-Marie Imafidon is Head Stemette and co-founder of Stemettes, the award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) roles via a series of prestigious events and opportunities.

In four years, just under 15,000 girls across the UK, Ireland and Europe have had attended Stemette experiences. As part of the initiative she has also co-founded Outbox Incubator: the world's first tech incubator for teenage girls.

Her prodigious childhood achievements include passing two GCSEs aged ten (Mathematics & ICT), being the youngest girl ever to pass A-level computing (aged 11).

Anne-Marie went on to be one of the youngest ever to be awarded a Masters' degree in Mathematics & Computer Science by the University of Oxford, aged 20, Anne-Marie, unsurprisingly, continued to soar.

She was the UK IT Industry & British Computer Society's Young IT Professional of the Year in 2013, Red Magazine's 'Woman to Watch' 2014, won a Points of Light award from the UK Prime Minister in October 2014 and was named the 8th Most Influential woman in IT in 2016.

Also, she has just been named one of the 50 most inspiring women in Europe by Inspiring Fifty and in recognition of her influence and achievements, Anne-Marie was awarded an MBE in the 2017 New Year's Honours for services to young women and STEM sectors.

Not only a champion of getting women into STEM positions, Anne-Marie has previously worked with Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard, Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers, amassing a wealth of experience. She is also a recognised thought-leader in the tech space, regularly appearing in the media as a talking head, and giving talks at tech giants such as SXSW and Founders Forum.

Anne-Marie has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from Open University & Glasgow Caledonian University and, as of June 2017, is Honorary Fellow at Keble College, Oxford. She is also a Commissioner on Tom Watson's Future of Work Commission, and sits on the boards of Durham University's Computer Science Department, Urban Development Music Foundation and Inspirational YOU.


Inspirational Guest Speaker - Dr Shini Somara


Engineers are passionate about finding solutions and Dr. Shini Somara is no exception.

She qualified as a Mechanical Engineer and Fluid Dynamicist at a very young age, but her thirst for knowledge and curiosity for human advancement sent her traveling around the globe discovering cutting-edge science, technology and innovation.

Shini translates what she finds into inspiring and engaging television for all ages, and is a spirited advocate for the fascinating work being done to push the boundaries of human scientific progress.

Shini translates cutting-edge science into warm-hearted and engaging television. She has always enjoyed demystifying the secrets behind pioneering technology and innovation. Her work can be seen on a variety of networks including BBC World News, BBC America, Sky and Discovery and PBS Digital Studios.

Shini is now based in London, where her most recent work can be seen on the BBC. Before then, most of her broadcast experience was gained in the USA, hosting TechKnow for Al Jazeera America from Los Angeles.

Shini's fascination for innovation is insatiable and diverse. She has reported on stories on subjects including climate change, food, health and renewable energy. Shini feels most comfortable putting herself in the middle of an experiment or interacting with the technology to provide a more effective explanation.

Shini began her career as a mechanical engineer at Brunel University (London), completing a Bachelors of Engineering (BEng(Hons)) and then an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) by the age of 24 years old. Shini specialised in Fluid Dynamics, where computer simulations are used to 'visualise the invisible'. This expertise enables engineers to understand how air flows over things like, aircraft wings, Formula1 cars and within high-rise buildings.

With all her experience in STEM communication, Shini wants most, to help people help themselves through education. As part of this incentive, she hosted Crash Course: Physics for PBS Digital in 2016. But her most rewarding work will feature many of the scientists she has met throughout her career. During her speech at the  United Nations in February 2017 for ‘Women and Girls in Science’ day, Shini remarked on the importance of role-models. Broadcasting on digital platforms, Shini hopes to share more personal stories of the career journeys of these incredible role models, with the aim of inspiring others to fulfill their own greatest potentials in STEM.

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