With men holding the majority of roles within engineering and applied sciences, it is crucial that they are involved making the cultural changes needed to attract and retain women in engineering and applied sciences. The Men as Allies Award, new for 2017, seeks to celebrate a male engineer, or professional male working within the engineering, technical and applied sciences sectors, who has gone above the call of duty to support his female colleagues, and address the gender imbalance within engineering and applied sciences in general.
The 2017 winner is Dr Will Whittow, Senior Lecturer in Electronic Material Integration, University of Loughborough
Sarah Peers, Vice President of WES and chair of the judging panel said “Our first ever Men As Allies award winner is the tweeter-par-excellence Will Whittow, lecturer at Loughborough University. He not only impressed us with his advocacy of women in engineering and the reach he has achieved, but he inspired not only one but four separate nominations!”
Will Whittow said “I’m genuinely delighted and honoured to win this award. There are so many incredible people who work tirelessly to promote women in engineering. Engineers will imagine, engineer and develop the next generation of Intelligent transport and manufacturing; advanced communications; healthcare for an ageing population; renewable energy for the planet; robotics for virtually everything; and so much more. Engineering is everything and for everyone. We need to inspire all the talent to engineer a better world.”
Who are the judges?
WES would like to thank the judges of the 2017 Man as Allies Award:
- Sarah Peers (Chair of judges)
- Jo Douglas
- Pam Wilson
- Katherine Critchley
- Alan Foster
- Emily Spearman
- Sophie Hutchins