The IET’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards
This prestigious award honours the very best early career female engineers working in the UK today
December 2013 | London, UK
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We are delighted to introduce you to the 2013 winners for the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year.
2013 YWE winner
Abbie Hutty, Spacecraft Structures Engineer, Astrium Ltd, Stevenage
Abbie is a Spacecraft Structures engineer at Astrium, currently working on the ExoMars Rover mission; Europe’s first Rover Mission to Mars. She holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Surrey, where she graduated first in her class.
During her day job Abbie co-ordinates a team of specialists to achieve a rover structure that will survive the rigors of a rocket launch, descent through the atmosphere of the Red Planet, and landing on the surface, followed by an operational lifetime in the punishing Martian environment.
Her role covers all aspects of the design lifecycle, from concept design through manufacturing, and ultimately to testing and final delivery.
Alongside these challenging technical demands, her role frequently leads her to participate in media events, where she relishes the opportunity to share her passion, and to the highlight the unique thrills presented by a career in Engineering.
Abbie has always been driven to promote Engineering to the broader public, and is particularly keen on initiatives encouraging young people to consider a career in this field.
As such, she dedicates a lot of her personal time to activities as a STEM ambassador, mentor, and promoter of women in engineering roles, and has been selected as the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Young Member of the Year for her commitment to outreach and the public promotion of Engineering.
In her spare time, she enjoys creative hobbies, travelling, wind and water sports, good food, and a healthy dose of DIY.
2013 Mary George Memorial Prize Winner
Sara Underwood, Higher Apprentice, Rolls Royce Plc, Lancashire
As a higher apprentice at Rolls-Royce Sara spends time working in multiple teams within the Manufacturing Engineering department.
She works on process, quality and product improvements to help cut time and costs to the business. Sara’s apprenticeship has given her the opportunity to develop her knowledge academically through her HNC in Manufacturing Engineering, whilst allowing her to put her learning into practice in a corporate environment.
Sara now has a determination and the drive to succeed in all aspects of her development, this comes from her desire to want to make a difference.
Sara will start her BEng in Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University in January and hopes in the future to have the opportunity to undertake a MEng too as she works towards Chartered Engineer status.
Sara has enjoyed her apprenticeship and has been overwhelmed by the opportunities she has been given.
She is a STEM ambassador and is involved in helping to promote apprenticeships to young people. In her spare time Sara enjoys sailing, helping with a friend’s farm and growing vegetables in her garden.
2013 WES prize winner
Yasmin Ali, Operations Engineer, E.ON, London
Yasmin began her engineering career seven years ago when she decided to study Chemical Engineering at Nottingham University.
After graduating, she completed the two year E.ON Engineering and Leadership graduate scheme where she worked in coal and gas fired power stations in the UK as well as on business expansion in Istanbul, Turkey.
In March 2012, Yasmin joined E.ON Exploration and Production as an Operations engineer, taking part in and leading a variety of projects for oil and gas assets in the UK North Sea.
The projects range from working out power requirements and purchasing a power unit for an offshore gas platform, to figuring out the optimum way to flow a new gas well.
Her job involves travelling between London, Aberdeen, Great Yarmouth, Holland and Norway as well as going offshore to platforms and service ships.
Alongside her engineering work, Yasmin dedicates much of her time to promoting engineering careers through attending and presenting at schools and career fairs and arranging work experience placements for students with her company.
She is a volunteer for OPITO, Whynotchemeng and STEMNET and an Industrial Representative for the Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Outside of work Yasmin enjoys life to the full by being active through running, cycling and trying out new sports; the most recent of which is kite surfing!
She is also keen on stand-up comedy, spending time with friends and family and travelling to new countries and immersing herself in other cultures.