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Last Friday was International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), an annual celebration of all the amazing women in engineering.
To honour the occasion, today’s Daily Manufacturing News Digest contains a round up of some of this year’s top INWED stories.
International Women in Engineering Day 2023: the pioneers of progress
The Manufacturer’s Lanna Deamer provides a comprehensive look into INWED, including insights from Dame Dawn Childs, President of The Women’s Engineering Society; Joanna Whiteman, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at The Royal Academy of Engineering; Professor Beverley Gibbs, Chief Academic Officer at New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering (NMITE); Susan Scurlock, Founder and CEO of Primary Engineer; and NMITE students Finlay Neate and Elise Cummings. Read more via The Manufacturer
International Women in Engineering Day: Crawley apprentice ‘blazing a trail for more women’ to enter aerospace trades
Reema Limbachia, 24 from Crawley, is blazing a trail for more women to pursue aerospace trades as a flight simulator technician at Boeing’s Apache Academy in Middle Wallop.
Reema has honed her technical skills over a two-year apprenticeship with Boeing, working on some of the UK’s leading defence and commercial platforms in Gatwick, Scotland, and now closer to home in Hampshire at the Army Air Corps training base. Read more via Sussex World
Coventry University student flies the (chequered) flag for young women in motorsport
During her childhood, Coventry University student, Ines Marokovic went six months without running water or electricity – now she’s helping to electrify Formula 1 at motorsport giant Mercedes. Read more via The Manufacturer
Navy celebrates female engineers
Female engineers and their allies converged on HMS Sultan — shore base of the Royal Navy in Gosport and home of Defence School of Marine Engineering (DSMarE) and the Royal Naval Air Engineering and Survival School (RNAESS) — to discuss, champion and celebrate the role of female engineers ahead of today’s International Women in Engineering Day. Read more via Royal Navy
Teenage girl scoops UK Young Engineer of the Year award with sign language interpretation device
Winners of the prestigious Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition have been announced at an awards ceremony at The Big Bang Fair.
Ranita Ariyibi, a 15-year old student at Colchester County High School for Girls (Essex), has scooped the top prize and been crowned UK Young Engineer of the Year 2023 for her invention of a device that enables hearing and Deaf people to communicate more easily. Read more via The Manufacturer
Train named ‘Verena Holmes’ by Southeastern in honour of the Kent-born trailblazer
Friday the 23rd of June saw Southeastern name a train ‘Verena Holmes’, who was the very first female members of the Instituion of Mechanical Engineers as well as the Society of Locomotion Engineers back in 1889.
The honour comes as part of the rail operators International Women in Engineering Day celebrations held annually on the 23rd of June, which coincides with Verena’s date of birth. Read more via Rail Advent
Women are getting into STEM careers at a faster rate than men, report finds
Jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) have long been male-dominated—but the 2023 “Diversity in STEM” report from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) indicates that the gender gap is closing.
The report, which is published every two years, defines the “STEM workforce” as those with at least a bachelor’s degree, as opposed to the “skilled technical workforce, including workers with a high level of technical knowledge but without a bachelor’s degree.” Read more via PC Mag Australia
‘Join us!’ York women engineers encourage others to follow them into the rail industry
Three women engineers based in York are urging others to follow in their footsteps.
Clare Brint, Olivia Huntly and Lorena Muscai all work for Network Rail and are based in the city.
And on International Women in Engineering Day today (Friday, 23 June), they are encouraging more women to consider a career in the rail industry. Read more via York Mix
Thales: International Women in Engineering Day
For years, Thales in Germany has invited women to the company on the occasion of INWED to offer them an insight into the industry and its career opportunities. That is why on June 23, 2023, Thales once again celebrated International Women in Engineering Day, which was founded in the UK in 2014. This day aims to draw attention to the achievements and accomplishments of women in the engineering industry. Read more via Thales
Motorsport UK celebrates International Women in Engineering Day
Encouraging more girls into motorsport engineering is one of the many objectives of the FIA/Motorsport UK Girls on Track UK initiative, which hosts events to inspire girls and women into seeing and believing that they have a rightful place in the industry.
Girls aged 8-18 are given free invitations to these unique events, which are designed to encourage an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.
The latest of these events took place on 22 June at Cosworth’s headquarters in Northampton. Read more via Motorsport UK
In safe hands: bp’s women engineers
To mark the event, bp featured four women engineers at the forefront of keeping bp operations safe – from high up on a wind turbine in Idaho to far out in the Caspian Sea. Read more via bp
QinetiQ: International Women in Engineering Day 2023
QinetiQ has a Q&A with Dr Charlotte Meeks, CEng, FIMMM, QinetiQ Fellow, whose been with the company for 26 years. Read more via QinetiQ
Engineering success stories at BAE Systems: working at the cutting-edge of innovation
In this article, The Manufacturer’s Lanna Deamer speaks with Tanvi Dosi, Graduate Systems Engineer at BAE Systems. She shares her story on what a great opportunity she has had to work at the cutting-edge of innovation from the start of her career. Read more via The Manufacturer