The recipients of this year’s Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards were announced at a ceremony on Thursday 2 December 2021.
Women’s Engineering Society CEO Elizabeth Donnelly was delighted to join the judging panel for the awards, which highlight female engineering talent as well as seek to find role models who can help address the UK science and engineering skills crisis by promoting engineering careers to more girls and women.
Congratulations to all the winners!
IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year
Dr Ciara McGrath (30) is an Aerospace Systems Lecturer at the University of Manchester. Ciara carries out engineering research projects in the areas of astrodynamics and space mission design, working with industry and policymakers to design space systems that can help support life on Earth.
She also teaches University courses and supervises student projects in space system design, to support the education and development of the next generation of engineers.
IET Mary George Memorial Prize for Apprentices
Dilani Selvanathan (22) is a Junior Software Engineer at Herotech8. Dilani works alongside the technical delivery team to support growing technical requirements and helps build the products and services.
Dilani recently completed a Software Engineering Degree Apprenticeship with the BBC, where she worked on a variety of projects and learnt about the different aspects of Software Engineering.
Women’s Engineering Society (WES) Prize
Eftychia Koursari (35) is a Senior Civil Engineer at Amey Consulting. Effie specialises in scour, the main impact of climate change on infrastructure, whilst also undertaking part-time PhD Research on scour at the University of Glasgow.
Effie is developing innovative scour monitoring and prediction tools and methods, protecting infrastructure, whilst also aiding in the response to the Climate Emergency.
Effie is an active STEM Ambassador and has been named one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering for 2020 and was also awarded the Women Leaders Association Rising Star in STEM.
Finalists Lauryn Jayes, Nipuni Karunaratne and Anna Will were all highly commended. All winners and finalists will play an ambassadorial role for the engineering and technology professions in the forthcoming months, promoting engineering careers to girls and young people.
Gender Diversity Ambassador Award
Now in its third year, the Gender Diversity Ambassador Award, which recognises an individual’s hard work in achieving gender equality within the engineering industry, was awarded to Professor Elena Rodriguez-Falcon.
The award aims to showcase innovation and good practice to compliment the YWE Awards, by recognising the support and encouragement of women in STEM careers.
Elena, who studied Mechanical Engineering in her hometown Monterrey in Mexico, has always had a focus to help people. Having spent over 25 years in male-dominated learning and working environments, Elena has led national and international activities to seek to bring balance to engineering where the lack of women representation is painfully evident.
She has received numerous awards throughout her career but in 2020, she was named Executive Leader of the Year by Equal Engineers, Distinguished Mexican in the UK by the Mexican government, and Woman of the Year by FDM everywoman in the Technology Awards.
Visit http://www.theiet.org/ywe for more information.