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2018 winners

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) recognised three exceptional young women engineers at its Young Woman Engineer (YWE) Awards Ceremony on 6 December 2018.

Sophie Harker  

The Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award Winner
Sophie Harker

Sophie is an Aerodynamics and Performance Engineer for BAE Systems’ Concepts & Technology team within the Air Sector.

Last month, Sophie won the IET Sir Henry Royce Medal for Young Professionals at the annual IET Achievement Awards. She was also the 2017 winner of the BAE Systems Bee Beamont award, recognising an exemplar newly qualified Engineer. She was also BAE Systems Technical Graduate of the Year 2016, SEMTA Graduate of the Year 2017 and was named in the Telegraph’s Top 50 Women in Engineering list. She gained Chartered Engineer status with the RAeS in 2017, after challenging the by-laws of the society to allow her to do so at such a young age.

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Lorna Bennet  

The WES Prize Winner
Lorna Bennet

Lorna Bennet is a Mechanical Engineer for the Operational Performance team at the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, the UK’s world’s leading technology innovation and research centre for offshore renewable energy.

She works with academic researchers, SMEs, technology developers, manufacturers and operators to drive improvements in the operations and maintenance of offshore renewable energy assets through developing new technologies, procedures and research.

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Shajida Akthar  

The Mary George Memorial Prize for Apprentices
Shajida Akthar

Shajida chose to pursue a career in technology/engineering straight after leaving college because she had a keen interest in computing, having studied electronics and computing at A level.

Unlike many of her friends, she had no desire to follow the traditional route of attending University, but instead wanted to gain real-world work experience and kick-start her career as soon as possible. Having completed 4 weeks of work experience with Movement to Work (AKA Go Tech) partnered with Accenture, Shajida went on to apply for the first intake of the Accenture London Technology Apprenticeship programme in 2014.

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Finalists were Dr Claire Donoghue (3M’s Corporate Research Lab), Katie Self (BT Tower) and Amy Wright (Farrans Construction).


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