The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) recognised three exceptional young women engineers at its Young Woman Engineer (YWE) Awards Ceremony on 1 December 2016.
Jenni Sidey, a Lecturer in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, won the Young Woman Engineer of the Year (YWE) award.
Gemma Dalziel, an Apprentice Network Consulting Engineer at Cisco Systems, received The Mary George Memorial Prize for Apprentices.
Bethan Murray, a Manufacturing Systems Lead at Rolls Royce, was presented with the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) Prize.
Finalists were Emma Wilding, a Vehicle Safety Engineer (Degree Apprentice) at Jaguar Land Rover and Nadia Johnson, a Software Engineer Degree Apprentice at Thales UK.
As well as receiving recognition for their professional achievements, the award winners gain visibility as role models within engineering and technology. They will have a platform to promote the industry to young people, especially girls, as well as key influencers including parents, teachers and UK Government.
Jenni said: “I am enormously proud to be recognised by such a progressive program promoting women in engineering within the UK.
“The IET has worked hard to raise awareness of the lack of diversity within the engineering profession. I hope that, through my receipt of this award and involvement in gender diversity initiatives, I can strengthen the IET’s sentiment: to reach our technological potential, the UK’s engineering workforce must be inclusive and diverse.”
The IET hosts the YWE Awards every year to highlight the very best young women engineers in the UK, in the hope that they will inspire girls and women to enter the industry.
Such work is crucial when you consider that women make up only nine per cent of the UK engineering and technology workforce (IET Skills & Demand in Industry survey 2016).
You can find out more about the ceremony in the YWE Awards Ceremony brochure 2016 [PDF, 9.47MB]