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Young female engineers make national finals

Published: Saturday, 15 October 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

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

The engineers worked on a range of projects including the next generation of submarine software, aircraft components, network security and the latest in car safety developments.

The awards are prestigious and are designed to celebrate women working within the industry and also change the perception that it is dominated by men.

Moreover, the awards also aim to find female role models who can promote engineering careers to more women, in order to try and tackle the UK science and engineering skills crisis.

According to the IET 2016 Skills Survey, women only represent 9% of the engineering workforce within the UK – which is currently the lowest percentage in Europe.

In an attempt to increase awareness and inspire the next generation of female engineers, the IET has also launched a new social media campaign with the hashtag ‘9percentisnotenough’.

Naomi Climer, outgoing IET President, highlighted a number of issues as to why attracting women into engineering can be tough.

She pointed to the ways that engineering is promoted within schools and by career advisors, as well as by businesses trying to advertise for roles, suggesting that more can be done.

A big prize on offer

The winner of the award will be announced at the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards ceremony, which takes place in December at IET London: Savoy Place.

The five nominees for the award 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, who crashes cars for a living, testing the latest car safety features as a Vehicle Safety Engineer (Degree Apprentice) at Jaguar Land Rover. 

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