Shortlist Announced for Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2016

Shortlist Announced for Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2016

Five young female engineers have been shortlisted for the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards 2016.

The women are working on projects ranging from the next generation of submarine software and aircraft components to the latest in car safety and network security.

The prestigious engineering industry awards celebrate women who work in modern engineering – and tries to help change the perception that engineering is mainly a career for men by banishing outdated engineering stereotypes of hard hats and greasy pipes.

Nadia Johnson (20), Jenni Sidey (28), Bethan Murray (23), Gemma Dalziel (23) and Emma Wilding (22) have all been shortlisted for awards.

The finalists are:

Nadia Johnson – a Software Engineer Degree Apprentice at Thales UK currently working on the latest submarine software and SONAR processing.

Jenni Sidey – 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.

Bethan Murray – a Manufacturing Systems Lead at Rolls-Royce Plc working on the systems that aid the manufacture of the latest aircraft components.

Gemma Dalziel – an Apprentice Network Consulting Engineer at Cisco working on network technologies and network security.

Emma Wilding  – crashes cars for a living, testing the latest car safety features as a Vehicle Safety Engineer (Degree Apprentice) at Jaguar Land Rover.

As well as highlighting female engineering talent, the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards is also looking to find female role models who can help address the UK science and engineering skills crisis by promoting engineering careers to more girls and women.

At present, women represent just 9% of the engineering workforce in the UK (source: 2016 IET Skills Survey), which is the lowest percentage in Europe.

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