Become a Role Model to Inspire Female Engineers
A female spacecraft engineer is calling for her fellow young female engineers to enter a prestigious award, which has a renewed emphasis on finding female role models to help address the UK science and engineering skills crisis.
Abbie Hutty, a spacecraft engineer currently working on Europe’s first Rover Mission to Mars. She is the current Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Young Woman Engineer of the Year.
As a female engineer, she is in the minority - women represent only 7 per cent of the engineering workforce in the UK, the lowest percentage in Europe. If this trend continues, the UK will be in a significantly weakened position to find the 87,000 new engineers it is estimated the country will need each year over the next decade (according to Engineering UK 2014, the state of engineering report).
The lack of female engineering and technician role models has been identified by Government, educators, employers, parents and young girls themselves as one of the main barriers to girls opting to study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects and pursue a career in engineering.
The IET is calling on successful young female engineers from any engineering discipline, to enter the Young Women Engineer of the Year Awards and demonstrate to young girls that engineering is a diverse and exciting industry offering creative and challenging careers.
Abbie said: “Being a finalist in the Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards has led to all kinds of opportunities for me to promote engineering, in particular to girls, from school and university visits to appearing in the media.
“I would definitely encourage other young female engineers to enter and join the campaign to help inspire a future generation of female engineers.”
IET Chief Executive, Nigel Fine, said: “We’ve been running our Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards for 38 years and have produced a number of fantastic female ambassadors for engineering as a result. 2014 has seen growing momentum from Government, industry and educators to encourage more girls to study STEM subjects, so it seems timely and appropriate to make finding inspirational female role models who can support these efforts the key focus of our very successful Awards.”
The deadline for entry to the 2014 Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards is 31 July 2014. Full details of the Awards are available at www.theiet.org/ywe
Location: London UK
Date: July 23, 2014