Women’s Engineering Society celebrate Top 50 Women in Engineering

The Women’s Engineering Society (WES) celebrated the Top 50 Women in Engineering at a high-profile event at Royal Academy for Engineering.

In partnership with The Telegraph, this year’s top 50 Women in Engineering represent the top female returners and transferrers in engineering and allied sectors.

The WE50 winners were awarded their trophies at an International Women in Engineering Day Afternoon Tea event, held by Women’s Engineering Society and hosted at the Royal Academy of Engineering.

The WE50 winners represent the very broad range of routes it is possible to follow for a career in engineering. Sectors in which the winning women are employed include structural and electronic engineering, health, environment and academia. The winners are all at very different stages in their careers, varying from early career engineers to senior leadership and from a crane operator to lecturers.

Rising Star’s alumni, Katie Kelleher and Sharon Jones, Eagle Lab Engineer, Barclays Eagle Labs, were amongst those named on the list. In 2017, Kelleher was announced as one of the Rising Star’s in Construction, while Jones made the shortlist in the Science and Engineering category for the 2018 awards.

View the full list of Women in Engineering winners here.

Speaking of her achievement, WE50 winner, Savina Carluccio said, “Being recognised as one of this year’s Top 50 women in engineering is humbling and thrilling at the same time.”

“I hope my example will inspire other female colleagues and encourage them not to be afraid to take time off to look after their young families or to take different paths in their engineering career.”

WES received nearly 200 high quality nominations from a wide range of STEM sectors, career stages, career routes and backgrounds.

Speaking about the inspiring nominations, Kirsten Bodley, Chief Executive of WES said, “The nominations were all amazing.”

“For the Top 50, we looked for women who had overcome hurdles and returned to or transferred into/or across roles in engineering.”

“In addition, they have all demonstrated that they are doing something to help support and inspire other women to succeed and progress in engineering whether it is working within their organisation through mentoring or inspiring young women through STEM activities for example.”

WE50 is one of the key events taking place for International Women in Engineering Day 2018. Hundreds of other exciting INWED18 events have already taken place to celebrate female engineers and raise the profile of engineering to women and girls, with more events still planned on 23 June and in the weeks to come. Hundreds of events have been registered in the UK and across the world, from Canada and the USA to Spain, Panama, Pakistan, Tanzania, Nepal and Cameroon. They range from talks, tours, open days and debates to innovative hands on art works, competitions, networking events, site visits, videos, webinars and campaigns. The events can be explored at www.inwed.org.uk

Alison Simpson
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