Helen Cavill, Process Improvement Manager at M&H Plastics, has won the WES Prize 2015 at the IET's Young Woman Engineer Awards.
At a spectacular awards ceremony in central London, the IET announced the winners of its awards for inspiring female engineers on 3 December 2015.
WES would like to congratulate Helen on this award and is looking forward to working with her throughout the year.
Helen started her engineering career with a Year in Industry placement in an iron foundry in her hometown of Lincoln. She then studied Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Cambridge, graduating with a first class MEng degree in 2009.
For the last six years, Helen has been employed as the Process Improvement Manager at M&H Plastics in Suffolk, becoming a Chartered Engineer in 2014.
M&H Plastics is a premium manufacturer of plastic bottles and caps, primarily for the personal care market. Helen’s role involves investigating and resolving complex technical issues, often spanning across several production departments (a challenge that she describes as being an “engineering detective”).
Research and development of new manufacturing processes and operational systems also features heavily – Helen is currently working on automating dimensional measurement of plastic components.
For the last nine years, Helen has been a STEM Ambassador, reaching the final of the 2013 STEMNET Most Dedicated Ambassador Award. She particularly enjoys volunteering on activities where her creativity and design skills can be exercised to devise novel educational resources.
In addition to running Saturday Science Masterclasses, Helen has been on the organising committee of the Lowestoft Interschool Maths Challenge every year since its inception, designing and building three-dimensional practical maths games suitable for teams consisting of a wide range of ages.