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.
2016 Young Women Engineer of the Year
Jenni Sidey is a lecturer in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge currently working on the development of the latest low emission combustion devices for use in the transportation and energy sectors.
2016 Women’s Engineering Society (WES) Prize
Bethan Murray is a Manufacturing Systems Lead at Rolls-Royce Plc working on the systems that aid the manufacture of the latest aircraft components.
2016 Mary George Memorial Prize for apprentices
Gemma Dalziel is an Apprentice Network Consulting Engineer at Cisco working on network technologies and network security.
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).