WES Annual Conference

WES Centenary Conference 2019 crowd shot 1 Photo Credit Jessica Grace © Women’s Engineering Society


The WES Centenary Conference took place at the RAF Museum London on 15th March 2019. Nearly 200 delegates gathered for a once in a lifetime experience of "Celebrating The Past and Transforming The Future" in the Women's Engineering Society's hundredth year. Speakers included Mandy Hickson, John Edmonds, Emma Howard Boyd, Jan Peters, Sophie Hutchins, Rachel Higham, Air Marshal Sue Gray, WES' President Dawn Childs and our CEO Elizabeth Donnelly. The conference was chaired by WES Trustee Sally Sudworth, and was sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering

The exhibition hall hosted 21 high quality entries in the WES Young Members Board early career engineer Poster Competition, organised by Jo Douglas-Harris. Congratulations to Tymèle Deydier of Loughborough University whose poster Biodegradable microparticles for treating cardiovascular disease won the Judges Award, and to Pauline Dumont, of Delta Motorsport whose poster MiTRE – A Micro Turbine range extender for electric vehicles won the Audience Favourite Award. See the Poster Competition entries at the bottom of this page.

The exhibition also showcased displays of the WES Centenary Trail (funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund), the WES archives, cared for by the IET's Library and Archive team and the Dorothée Pullinger Project. The conference exhibition was sponsored by Meggitt.

The day ended with a drinks reception overlooking the RAF at 100 exhibition and a toast was raised by Dawn Childs to the next one hundred years of the Women's Engineering Society.

Our keynote speaker Mandy Hickson tweeted us after the event to say "What a wonderful celebration. Thank you so much to everybody that has posted such wonderful comments. I would love to thank you personally but there are too many!! It was my absolute pleasure. The one thing that stood out for me was your passion"

The agenda for the day can be found here and the WES Centenary Conference Brochure can be downloaded here.

21 Posters were displayed on the day. The competition was judged by our Keynote Speaker Mandy Hickson, WES President Dawn Childs and Sophie Hutchins, Chair of the WES Young Members Board.

Judges' Award winner

Tymèle Deydier of Loughborough University Biodegradable microparticles for treating cardiovascular disease

Audience Favourite Award winner 

Pauline Dumont of Delta Motorsport MiTRE – A Micro Turbine range extender for electric vehicles

Our thanks (in alphabetical order) to all the Poster Presenters for an excellent selection of posters.

Rhianne Boag; International Nuclear Services Ltd 1648C FEA Model Impact Validation and Verification

Barbara Bourgade; Loughborough University Commodity chemicals production in Moorella thermoacetica

Magdalini Christia; PTA Consultants “And did those feet in ancient time”

Amy Edwards and Sarah Cooper; Leonardo Techtopia

Kim Everitt; Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd Confessions of Aston Martin

Olga Evstafyeva and Li-Vern Teo; Amey Strategic IoT-enabled Intelligent Infrastructure

Jennifer Glover; Loughborough University Jet engine fan noise cancellation through meta-material acoustic panels

Beth Harrod; University of Sunderland Transforming the Future of Motorsport through Formula Student

Hedieh Jazaeri; The Open University Measurement of creep deformation and cavitation in a novel hourglass test specimen using 3D-DIC and SANS

Aspa Karanasiou; Cadence Design Systems ADAS: Where the Rubber meets the Road

Laura Knowles; Environment Agency The 'How to' guide on achieving whole life asset management at the click of a button

Helena Livesey; UK Atomic Energy Authority Remote pipe cutting and welding tools for future nuclear fusion reactors

Dr. Rosti Readioff; Keele University Transforming the lives of tetraplegics

Emily Sellman; University of Cambridge Engineering Design: Information use for problem solving

Lucy Sharpe and Harriet-Rose Noons; Abbott Diabetes Care Introduction of Electronic Batch Records to support high volume growth of medical devices manufacture

Dimitra Tsakmakidou; Loughborough University - Rolls Royce UTC The Influence of Fan-Root Flow on the Aerodynamics of a Low-Pressure Compressor Transition Duct in Future Very-High Bypass Ratio Turbofans

Rallia Velliou; University College London Transforming the future of diagnostics and treatment of aneurysms using multiscale modelling and tissue engineering

Kirsty Wynne; Crux Product Design Ecommerce In Silico Testing – Simulating the delivery process to ensure goods arrive safely

Xizi Xu; Arcadis Making Virtual Reality Real in the Construction Industry

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