Women in Engineering 2020

Last years’ event was our biggest yet, packed full of advice, inspiration and practical learning!

Yes thanks to the pandemic we went all out to support women Engineers who are currently studying or looking to start their career.

We filmed this years’ event live from the IET in London and broadcast live to the comfort of your homes, universities or fav hangout spot.

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Campus Media brought together the awe inspiring Amber O’Connor, Sophie Harker, Shrouk El-Attar, Nicola Grahamslaw, Lorna Bennet & Melissa Ahmed to share their journey and offer insights to empower you to follow your career aspirations and make a real difference in equalising the gender balance in this typically male-dominated industry.

Laura Fox demonstrated how to create & improve your Linkedin brand identity & successfully network with industry mentors and employers.

Panel discussion: You had your chance to ask our employer panel your burning questions and get their advice direct. Check out the great advice and feedback given.

Event Sponsors Mott MacDonnald & Royal Air Force (RAF) delivered excellent insights into their organisations from their graduate engineers.

Event partner – The Institute of Engineering & Technology (The IET) find out how you can get involved with the Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards 2020/2021.

Read more about our speakers:

Amber O’Connor – Engineer & Programme Manager
Amber is an Engineering Programme Manager at Siemens Energy, enabling the implementation of remote monitoring for gas turbines all around the world. She joined an apprenticeship at 16 but didn’t know at that point that she wanted to be an engineer, she just enjoyed design and figuring out how things worked. Since then, she has established a 10-year career within engineering and loves the diversity of the industry and the vast opportunities available. Amber won the EW BrightSparks Award, WeAreTheCity Rising Star Award within the Science and Engineering category as well being recognised as one of the top 6 IET Young Woman Engineers in the UK in 2019.
Amber’s ambition is to change how engineering is seen by the young people of today, remove the stigma and preconceptions. She also wants to be a positive role model – you can be a career driven woman in the industry whilst also being an amazing mum.

Sophie Harker – MMath CEng MRAeS MIET
Sophie Harker is a senior aerodynamicist at BAE Systems, where she is developing future Flight Control technologies for Team Tempest as a lead integration engineer. She is one of the youngest engineers to ever achieve Chartered Engineer status with the RAeS, achieving the title at just 25 years old. 
Sophie’s main aspiration is to become an astronaut; she is currently training for her Personal Pilot’s License (PPL) and is qualified in Analogue Mission Basic Training to participate in future analogue space missions.
In her short career, Sophie has received commendations in the form of the SEMTA Graduate of the Year 2017, being listed in the 2017 Top 50 Women in Engineering Under 35, the Bee Beamont Award 2017, the Sir Henry Royce Medal 2018, the IET’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2018, the RAEng’s Young Engineer of the Year 2019 and the RAeS Young Person’s Achievement Award 2019.

Shrouk El-Attar, MEng (She/They) – One of Shrouk El-Attar’s earliest memories was realising that people on TV were not tiny people living inside it. To her, electronics was magic! She dreamt of the day she’d become this magician. Shrouk won the DaVinci Engineering Award, IET local PATW, named as Young Woman of the Year by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and named in the BBC list of 100 most influential women in the world and is recognised as one of the top 6 IET Young Women Engineers in the UK 2019. Shrouk El-Attar wants to show the world the true diversity of what engineers look like. And that, yes, you can absolutely be a belly dancer and a kick-ass engineer at the same time!

Nicola Grahamslaw – IMechE Young Member of the Year 2019
Nicola has worked as a systems engineer in a variety of industries including aerospace and nuclear energy andalso, during a career break, in digital technology education. In 2018 she was appointed as the first SS Great Britain ship’s conservation engineer, to develop a sustainable conservation strategy for this unique ship. Nicola is passionate about inspiring the next generation of engineers, working with schools, at events and as a mentor on career choices and professional development. Nicola’s own career journey led to her being named one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering by The Telegraph and winning the “Women of the Future” professions award in 2018 and Young Member of the Year by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 2019

Lorna Bennet, Project Engineer, ORE Catapult
Lorna has over nine years’ experience in mechanical design engineering, manufacture, analysis and project delivery of offshore systems. She joined the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult in September 2016 as a Mechanical Engineer in the Operational Performance Directorate and works on a wide variety of exciting projects in wind, wave and tidal power.
In 2018 Lorna won a Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious Award to develop a plan of engagement with local primary schools. In collaboration with a number of local and national charities she has driven community engagement, promoting STEM careers and the importance of sustainability across the country. This led to Lorna being awarded the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Women’s Engineering Society (WES) Prize in December 2018, being recognised as a WATC Rising Star 2019 in Science & Engineering and also as a finalist for the Contribution to Skills Award at the Scottish Green Energy Awards in 2019.

Melissa Ahmed IEng
Melissa is the owner of Techwuman Ltd. An Engineering consultancy company offering a range of engineering solutions, with a focus on design engineering and project management. The companies key aims are to promote more women into engineering, to improve gender equality in the industries and to promote the variety of STEM careers to the next generation. She actively promotes diversity within the industry, taking part in various campaigns focused on diversity, gender equality and STEM.
Melissa is an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and has successfully completed a research masters (MSc) on The Digital Simulation of attacking structures in accordance to the standards LPS 1175 set up by the Loss Prevention Certification Board. During this project she identified new methodologies for improving the efficiency of the design process for security products.
Before founding Techwuman she achieved a (BEng Hons) in Aeronautical Engineering and was a finalist for the Female Undergraduate of the Year Award in 2014 . A few awards she has achieved to date include the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Outstanding Paper on an Aerospace Subject, RAeS University Prize and the Manchester Branch Project Prize.

Laura Fox 
Laura has worked in Marketing & Advertising for 19 years, specialising in Employer Brand, Company Brand, Personal Brand and Recruitment Marketing. After seven transformational years at LinkedIn, Laura now runs her own LinkedIn Consultancy helping clients to leverage LinkedIn to support Hiring, Marketing, Sales and to elevate your Personal Brand. Tune in for Laura’s interactive workshops designed to mentor you through creating a professional profile and learning how to network with employers virtually: 
Session 1: Creating a Professional Brand by covering the LinkedIn Profile essentials.
Session 2: Build trusted relationships and stay top of mind through content.

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