The IET’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards 2016 - Inspire, Inform, Influence, Invited – Celebrate the women who will shape the future


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Ceremony host - Rachel Riley

Rachel Riley  

Rachel Riley first appeared on Channel 4’s Countdown in 2009, taking over as the numbers expert from Carol Vorderman. In 2012, she began co-presenting their comedy spin off show 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown with Jimmy Carr. She also presents Friday Night Football and Fantasy Football Club on Sky Sports.

Some of Rachel’s other television appearances include, It’s Not Rocket Science, (ITV) Room 101, Britain’s Brightest, Top Gear and Would I Lie to You (BBC). She has also put her own intellect to the test, appearing on a number of quiz shows- celebrity specials, including Celebrity Mastermind, (BBC1) Pointless Celebrities (BBC1) Million Pound Drop (Channel 4) and The Chase (ITV).

In 2013, she appeared in the 11th series of Strictly Come Dancing and has interviewed A-lists celebrities such as Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston, live from the BAFTA red carpet (2015).

Rachel is an avid football fan and in 2015, Rachel combined her mathematical expertise with her passion for football by hosting a segment for Football Focus (BBC1). She has also been a guest speaker on Soccer AM (Sky Sports), BBC Radio 5 Live’s Fighting Talk, talkSport radio and BT Sport’s, Follow the Football. She has also hosted alongside Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand and presented an exclusive live studio interview with Andy Cole.

Off camera, Rachel makes frequent school visits and has been involved in a number of national numeracy initiatives to help promote math and science to children.


Inspirational Guest Speaker - Dr Emily Grossman

Emily Grossman  

Dr Emily Grossman is an internationally acclaimed science author, public speaker and TV personality. She is an expert in molecular biology and genetics, with a Double First in Natural Sciences from Queens' College Cambridge and a PhD in cancer research. Emily has also trained and worked as an actress and singer, and as a maths and science teacher. She now combines her skills as a science broadcaster, writer, educator and trainer.

Emily is best known as a Resident Science Expert on ITV's The Alan Titchmarsh Show and Sky1's Duck Quacks Don't Echo, for her fun YouTube videos for BBC Britlab and The Royal Institution, and for her inspirational talks in schools, universities and at live events such as The Hay Festival, The Science Museum and Cheltenham Science Festival. She is also an experienced communication and media skills trainer.

Emily is a passionate advocate for gender equality and diversity in STEM and has come under considerable attack on social media for speaking out against sexism in science. She has delivered a TEDx talk at UCL on “Why Science Needs People Who Cry” and has been interviewed in many newspapers and radio programmes about the value of emotion in science.

Emily was recently named as the second Honorary STEM Ambassador, alongside astronaut Tim Peake, for her pioneering work in STEM education and as a role model to young girls. Through her work as a science communicator, and by sharing her personal experiences as a woman in STEM, Emily hopes to engage more people with the fascinating world of science, to change the perception of what it is to be a scientist, and to inspire more people, especially girls, to study STEM subjects.


Inspirational Guest Speaker - Angela Saini

Angela Saini  

Journalist, author and broadcaster Angela Saini has helped change the way people think about science by exploring the boundaries between science, culture, history and politics.

Her first book Geek Nation, published by Hodder in 2011, was a travelogue through Indian science. Her latest, Inferior, published by Fourth Estate in 2017, is a critically-acclaimed account of how science has failed women because of centuries of entrenched bias and exclusion.

It was named Physics World Book of the Year and was a runner-up in the Goodreads Choice Awards. She is currently working on her third book, on the science of race, to be published in 2019.

Angela is well known for presenting science shows on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service, and her writing has appeared across the world, including in New Scientist, the Guardian, The Times, Science, Cell, Wired, Wallpaper, Vogue, GQ, among others.

She was the launch presenter of the BBC's The Food Chain and has hosted More or Less and Material World. Her work has won numerous awards, including an American Association of the Advancement of Science gold prize, and an Association of British Science Writers Award for best news story. She was named European Science Journalist of the Year by the Euroscience Foundation in 2009.

She has a Masters in Engineering from Oxford University, and has been a Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a committed champion for women's rights and a campaigner against sexism in science, regularly giving talks on these subjects. She lives in London with her husband and son.

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