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2014 YWE Awards

During an uplifting and inspirational ceremony in London, the BBC’s Steph McGovern, revealed the winners of the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year awards.

Naomi Mitchison (photo)

2014 Young Woman Engineer of the Year
Naomi Mitchison

After growing up in Italy, Naomi moved to Edinburgh for University, graduating with an MEng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering in 2009. During her degree Naomi worked for Xyratex in Hampshire, designing high-speed test equipment.

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Lucy Ackland (photo)

2014 WES Prize
Lucy Ackland

Lucy is a Project Manager in the Additive Manufacturing Products Division of Renishaw plc, currently working on the next generation of metal 3D printing machines.

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Jessica Bestwick (photo)

2014 Mary George Memorial Prize for Apprentices
Jessica Bestwick

On a daily basis, Jessica works at the heart of engineering on a range of tasks from future technologies to supporting engines that have been in service for decades.

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Highly commended

Hannah Pearlman and Laurie-Ann Marshall were also highly commended for their achievements so far and received certificates at the ceremony.

Laurie-Ann Marshall (photo)

Laurie-Ann Marshall, Apprentice Circuit Engineer, ABB Ltd

During the first year of A-levels, Laurie-Ann decided that she didn’t want to go to university at the end of the following year, decided that an apprenticeship would suit her better.

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Hannah Pearlman (photo)

Hannah Pearlman, Cooling Systems Engineer, Ford

Hannah graduated from Warwick University in 2010 with an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering with Automotive, and having won an Advanced Engineering Leadership Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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Recognising outstanding female engineers has never been so important after recent statistics from the IET’s Skills and Demand in Industry survey showed that women represent only 6% of the engineering workforce. Further IET research showed that only 1% of parents of girls were likely to encourage their daughters into engineering, compared to 11% for parents of boys.

Naomi said: “I’m really grateful to receive this award and it’s a real honour to be the IET’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year. I’m really looking forward to taking an ambassadorial role for the industry and to do what I can to encourage more women into engineering."

Michelle Richmond, IET Director of Membership, said: "The lack of women in engineering is a very significant problem, contributing to skills shortages which damage the economy. The shocking reality is that the UK is missing out on half of its potential engineering and technology workforce by failing to attract women into the industry. It also means that women are losing out on interesting and rewarding career opportunities.

"A lack of inspirational engineering role models for girls is one of the main reasons for this so we must make sure we show the next generation that engineering is a dynamic, diverse, interesting and challenging career choice. Naomi will be a fantastic role model to all young people thinking of a career in engineering and technology."

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