Role models

The IET Women's Network has interviewed a number of inspirational women in engineering and technology, in order to highlight their achievements and show their routes into academia and industry.

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Since winning Young Women Engineer (YWE) of the year in 2004, Faye has achieved so much. Here she talks about how YWE supported her career development and her continued promotion of engineering since passing her title on... read more...

Helen Whitfield-Williams
I embarked on a career in Engineer as I was determined to follow in the family tradition. My grandfather (Automotive Production Manager/Engineer and Watch Maker), uncle (Atomic weapons/ Aerospace design engineer) and father (Aerospace and Motorcycle Engineer) were a huge inspiration to me, all of them are mill rights and follow a long family tradition of engineers (predominately within the Flour Mill Industry pre 1940’s)... read more...
Grace Elisabeth Munday
My job is a varied non-department-specific role in which I help out with the workload in a number of departments including Mechanical Design, Electrical Design, Through Life Engineering and Systems Engineering. I love the variety and the learning opportunities this provides. read more...

Ana Mihaela Halangau
I always had a passion for mathematics and exact sciences so going for an engineering career was the most natural thing to do. It was purely luck and intuition that led me to transport engineering as a field of study, I just had a feeling it was the right thing to do. read more...
One of my greatest experiences in industry is seeing a project all the way through from beginning to the end.  On the Isle of Grain Project I was lucky enough to move from engineering, to construction, to commissioning.  Kerrine is a Principal Electrical Engineer at CB&I.  read more...
Seeing my work come to life, knowing I was part of a team that developed or built a system that thousands of people benefit from. It is very satisfying.
Graduate Engineer, Yewande, has performed roles in Design Engineering, Solution Architecture and Safety Engineering in the last couple of years.  read more...

Abbie Hutty
2013 IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year is Passionate about her career, Abbie has been recognised for her commitment to the public promotion of engineering through working as a STEM ambassador, mentor, and promoter of women in engineering
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Marie Adeyemi
2013 IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year finalist, Marie works as a lead engineer for Atkins, in Bristol, having joined its graduate scheme back in 2008. For the last two years she has worked as part of a core team on a key strategic research and technology project for Airbus and has been involved in high profile ground testing.  read more...
Sara Underwood
Winner of the 2013 Mary George Memorial Prize for an Outstanding Apprentice, Sara has set herself big career goals and was recognised at the IET YWE awards for her determination and drive to succeed in all aspects of her career as well as her STEM volunteering work.
Sarah Turnbull
2013 IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year finalist, “I didn’t want to go to university as I knew a few guys who’d taken that route previously and hadn’t got jobs,” she explains. “So after college I decided to try getting onto an apprenticeship, which is how I ended up at Rolls-Royce and I’ve never looked back – it’s a brilliant place to work,” Read more...
Yasmin Ali
2013 WES Prize winner, is operations engineer at E.ON, was awarded the 2013 Womens’ Engineering Society (WES) Prize for her career successes to date and her work promoting engineering careers to young people. 
Victoria Martin
Senior structural engineer  and 2013 IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year finalist, Victoria has worked on projects including Greece’s National Library and has already achieved CEng status. She works closely with education and institutions to support and promote engineering.  read more...
Yewande Akinola
Environmental services engineer and 2012 Young Woman Engineer of the year; Yewande loves the challenge of taking engineering ideasfrom concept to manufacture and has been recognised for her commitment to sustainability and innovation. read more...  
Anna Gilbert
Anna Gilbert was awarded Chartered Engineer (CEng) status at the age of 25, joining the growing number of young professionals that achieve professional registration in their twenties. read more...                                                           
Estelle Rowe
EDT Director of Headstart and First Edition, Estell Rowe, finds STEM facinating and there is so much to be done to get more people to appreciate that.  read more...

Ateayeh Bayat
Electrical Engineer, specialising in Control Field, works as an on-call Control Engineer is looking at applying for her PhD in Biomedical Engineering... read more

Mamta Singhal
Project Quality Engineer and 2007 Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award winner, Mamta Singhal has always enjoyed making and creating new things and even as a child she remembers taking everyday products apart as she was interested to see what was inside, whether she could put then back together was a different story!...  read more 
 Jennifer Charlson
Qualified as a Chartered Engineer and Solicitor with MBA and currently a Senior Lecturer in the Architecture and Built Environment Department at the University of Wolverhampton.  Jennifer is also a Fellow of the IET...  read more

Kate Adamson
Graduate Program Member, nucleargraduates
Working in the nuclear industry I am faced with some of the most challenging and
interesting technical problems currently being tackled by scientists and engineers... read more

Nike Folayan
Electronics Engineer
I have always been curious about how televisions work and how it is possible for signals to travel and arrive on television
screens. I pursued a career in STEM out of curiosity... read more
Jamie-Leigh Clayton
Assistant Signalling Design Engineer
Currently I am an Assistant Signalling Design Engineer at Invensys Rail, Chippenham. However, I am due to start a new role in Manchester in January where I will be a Design Engineer at Parsons Brinckerhoff... read more

Roma Agrawal
Structural Engineer
I attended the University of Oxford and read Physics there (graduated 2004) and later did an MSc in Structural Engineering at Imperial College London (graduated 2005)... read more
Amy-Charlotte Wright
IT Support Engineer
I am currently studying for the Network+ professional qualification, in association with CompTIA. It focuses on technical networking and I’m hoping to use the information I learn and apply it in my day-to-day work.... read more

Rebecca Hutchinson
Avionic Systems Engineer
I am an Avionic Systems Engineer for A400M Air to Air Dispense Systems in the Fuel & Inerting Systems Department at Airbus in Filton, Bristol. Alongside this, I am the Target Area Owner for Fuel & Inerting Systems ... read more

Wendy McCallin
Mechanical Engineer
Being on this nuclear programme means I work for different companies. I have just started my final secondment with Rolls Royce. There are no general days. It can range from writing a bid, to writing an operating manual, assembling a gearbox .... read more

Alyssa Randall
Research and Development Engineer
I work in a team of 6 engineers focusing on a family of products. My job includes supporting manufacturing for these devices, developing new products, and performing any testing or prototyping to ensure our devices meet the high standards we set to ensure patient safety... read more
Lucinda Jones
First Year Engineering Apprentice
I pursued a career in STEM because I was unsure what I wanted to do after my A Levels and my Engineering teacher from high school introduced me to the idea of an apprenticeship and the doors that completing an apprenticeship would open for me... read more

Adeline-Fleur Smith
European Patent Attorney
I am a Qualified European Patent Attorney and a Part-Qualified Chartered Patent Attorney. .  I currently work for Page White and Farrer who are a medium sized firm of Patent and Trademark Attorneys in Central London.. read more
Anna Schlautmann
Logistics Apprentice
Alongside my work placements I am undertaking a ‘Business Management’ (BA) Hons degree, in part time, during which I am able to apply knowledge acquired in the workplace towards my degree, and vice versa... read more
Mavis Amadi
Polymer Engineering(Chemical) BEng(Hons) and Project Management(MSc).
Since I was a child I have been very analytical in my approach to life and love for numbers. I think my father (a petroleum Engineer) spurred that part of me... read more
Rebecca Davies
Third Year Engineering Apprentice at MBDA Missile Systems
Currently, I am working in Design Engineering however as an apprentice I have a different area of work every 3 months to taste each section of the company.. read more
Jade Aspinall
Engineering Apprentice at MBDA Missile Systems
Through being an apprentice, in such a high tech company, I am able to increase my knowledge and skills set with advancements in technology, gaining experience in the working world as well as gaining all of the qualifications I need to be technically successful with the company... read more

Heather Peach
Electronic engineering apprentice for MBDA missile systems
Since becoming an apprentice I feel that I have developed a lot more as a person. I have had the chance to do things that I never would have done such as go to the houses of parliament, compete for my country at an international skills event.. read more

Samantha Ball
Material Logistics Unit Apprentice at MBDA
I chose the apprenticeship route as I am restless in education and enjoyed the idea of working and making a contribution within organisation. An apprenticeship therefore seemed the best option to progress academically whilst also gaining work experience... read more
Danielle Frances Calvert
Engineering apprentice MBDA
I loved the idea of learning and earning so I applied for many different roles all in engineering as I had heard a lot about this from friends and it seemed something I wanted to get involved in with being hands on and problem solving... read more
Lois Gray
Electrical Engineering Lecturer and Programme Leader
Engineering wasn’t my first choice of career however with my natural physics and maths capabilities and my father’s influence as a radio engineer, I “fell” into electronics and graduated with a 2.1 and became a design engineer with Racal... read more
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Quantitative Analysis of Social Phenomena on the Internet
I was 4 years old and I remember myself watching my older brother working on his Intel 80286. Ever since, I have had an underlying desire to fully understand what made a human being able to give flesh and thought to a machine.. read more

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