Celebrating inspirational female engineers on International Women’s Day

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has launched its 2016 Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards (YWE) and is calling on successful young female engineers to enter. The Awards will recognise talent and professionalism demonstrating to young women and girls across the UK that engineering is a diverse and exciting industry offering creative and challenging careers.

Recognising and celebrating outstanding female engineers has never been so important. Recent statistics from the IET’s Skills and Demand in Industry survey showed that women represent 9% of the engineering workforce in the UK.

Former winners of the Awards include Orla Murphy, an audio engineer at Jaguar Land Rover, Naomi Mitchison, a senior hardware engineer at Selex ES and Abbie Hutty, a spacecraft engineer currently working on Europe’s first Rover mission to Mars.

President of the IET, Naomi Climer, said: “Women are woefully underrepresented in engineering. In a profession with a serious skills shortage, this represents a problem for the economy as well as for diversity. To coincide with International Women’s Day, we want to make it clear that engineering is a fantastic career for women.

Current IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year, Orla Murphy, said: “My favourite subjects at school were music, maths and physics so by doing engineering I was able to combine all of those subjects into a degree and now a job that I absolutely love.

The deadline for entry 30 June 2016.