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The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) recognised three exceptional young women engineers at its Young Woman Engineer (YWE) Awards Ceremony on 7 December 2017.


The Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award Winner
Dr Ozak Esu

Dr Ozak Esu is an Electrical Engineer at Cundall, a multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy. Working within Building Services, she undertakes surveys of existing buildings, and engineers coordinated electrical services for new build, refurbishment and fit-out projects.

Ozak completed her PhD in 2016 at Loughborough University, in Wind Energy and Advanced Signal Processing whilst working as a Graduate Engineer at Cundall.
She continues to involve herself in academia, taking on guest speaking and lecturing roles in different universities.

While studying at Loughborough University, Ozak became a STEM Ambassador with STEMNET. In this role, she has helped run numerous engineering activities for young people, including FIRST® LEGO® League, EDT Headstart, CREST in a Day, etc. Also on a voluntary basis, Ozak is a GCSE Mathematics tutor, supporting students to improve their grades and go on to pursue STEM careers.

Ozak has taken on roles that promote equality, diversity and inclusion. As well as serving on the Athena SWAN feasibility committee at Loughborough University, she has been a panellist for the Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers UK. She has also mentored BME home and international students at London South Bank University, sharing her experience of the transition from student to engineering professional.

Ozak is passionate about sustainable design, agriculture, renewable energy, and international development. She works with schools and organisations in her home country, Nigeria, motivated by the belief that poverty can be eradicated through engineering, knowledge-sharing, and empowerment of women.


The WES Prize Winner
Larissa Suzuki

Dr Larissa Suzuki is a passionate computer scientist, inventor and engineer. She holds a PhD in Computer Science, an MPhil in Electrical Engineering and a BSc in Computer Science.

Her professional career includes over 10 years advancing fields of computer science and engineering, including work on smart cities, data infrastructures, emerging technology, and computing applied to medicine.

She is currently an Honorary Researcher at University College London and has worked for local government, managing the development of technologies to support London’s growth and infrastructure delivery.

Dr Suzuki founded a start-up at the age of 21. Throughout her career, she has received recognition from leading tech companies and universities, among them Google, IBM, MIT, ACM and Microsoft Research.

She has published several research papers, spoken at various conferences and organised a Machine Learning workshop at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2017.
She is also a contributor to the Amazonian Alliance through RedPill Group, which involves designing a technical platform for the conservation of Amazon Rainforest communities.

Since 2006 she's been working on increasing the representation of women in Computer Science. She is the founder and chair of the Tech London Advocates group on Smart Cities, founder of UCL Women Engineers, co-organiser of the London Hopper Colloquium, and a committee member of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.


The Mary George Memorial Prize for Apprentices
Jamie D’Ath

Jamie recently entered the fourth year of her apprenticeship at MBDA, a leading missile and missile systems company.

Rotating around the business on placements, Jamie has been involved in a wide range of activities – from completing complex drawings for parts and assemblies, to analysing procurement statistics, to conducting trials.

Jamie is due to enter her final placement commencing January 2018, which has been decided by herself and her employers to be in the Trials department. When Jamie undertook her initial placement in Trials, she received the opportunity to take on further responsibilities within the department, as well as the chance to carry out her own trial which involved disposing of explosives.

Jamie found her career path in sixth form when competing in the World Skills Mobile Robotics challenge. During the competition, she met employees from MBDA and was inspired by their experiences of being apprentices.

Aware of the power of promoting STEM, Jamie has run a number of STEM-related activities in schools. She also mentors students who attend The John Warner School’s robotics club, helping to develop their CAD and programming skills.

Outside of work, Jamie enjoys drawing and making digital artworks, many of which have been used for charity fundraising.


Finalists were Ellie Wilson (SemLogistics), Dr Shaona Ghosh (Apple Inc.) and Sophie Caffrey (Leonardo MW).

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