Lorna Bennet

Congratulations to Lorna Bennet, winner of the 2018 WES Prize for the best Young Woman Engineer. 

Lorna Bennet is a Mechanical Engineer for the Operational Performance team at the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, the UK’s world’s leading technology innovation and research centre for offshore renewable energy.  She works with academic researchers, SMEs, technology developers, manufacturers and operators to drive improvements in the operations and maintenance of offshore renewable energy assets through developing new technologies, procedures and research.

Lorna has always had a passion for building things and solving problems, helping her dad with DIY tasks from a young age. This was integral to her decision to study for a BEng honours in Product Design Engineering at the University of Glasgow and Glasgow School of Art.  

As a STEM Ambassador since 2010, Lorna has dedicated a significant amount of personal and professional time to STEM engagement programmes.

In March 2018 Lorna was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious Award to set up a pilot STEM engagement strategy with four local primary schools in Glasgow. She has since recruited 18 new STEM Ambassadors to run the programme and developed a series of renewable energy and sustainability-related lesson plans.