International Women in Engineering Day UK 2017
Women in Engineering Day (INWED) returns on the 23 June for its fourth year running – but this year it’s gone international!
Set up in 2014 by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) to celebrate its 95th anniversary, this national, and now international, awareness day focuses attention on the amazing careers in engineering and technical roles, especially for girls and young women, and celebrates the achievements of women engineers.
INWED is a fun and inspiring way for schools, colleges and universities to encourage students to take up engineering careers, but also companies, professional organisations, government and individuals to showcase their commitment to diversity.
Here at MWH, now part of Stantec, we want to continue to develop a truly inclusive culture and encourage more women to join us and keep those already with us demonstrating the opportunities for career development.
Please take a look at some of the inspiring woman engineers we are proud to have working for us here today.
Let’s spread the word and continue to encourage the next generation to join this unique, diverse, exciting industry that is engineering.
To find out more about how you can get involved, visit www.inwed.org.uk
Civil Engineer Fritha Bevin-McCrimmon joined MWH in 2016. She grew up in Dunedin, New Zealand and moved to Christchurch to study engineering at the University of Canterbury. The beginning of her career coincided with the 2011 earthquakes which had a devastating impact on the infrastructure of Christchurch. Fritha was able to put her studies immediately into practice and support the rebuild of the city. Now based in Newcastle, UK, Fritha enjoys sharing her passion for engineering with the next generation through schools engagement activities.
Process Engineer Isabelle Lewin joined MWH in 2008. Based in High Wycombe, UK, Isabelle has experienced a varied career with exciting opportunities working for many different clients. Isabelle enjoys mentoring and sharing her extensive knowledge with others and finds this one of the most fulfilling aspect to her career.
Building Bridges with Future Engineers
At MWH we believe that in order to achieve a truly diverse workforce in the future it’s critical to get school children interested in engineering at an early age. Our MWH Community Engagement Group have been visiting UK primary schools to deliver the ICE’s (Institution of Civil Engineers’) Bailey Bridge Exercise. In partnership with the ICE these Bridges to Schools STEM events give young people the chance to build miniature version of the Second Severn Crossing.
The ICE Bridges to Schools is a 13m long, 2.8m high cable stayed bridge that school children have the opportunity to build within their own school premises. Using the model cable-stayed bridges, children experience bridge building at first-hand, and after the bridges have been built, each child gets the chance to walk across and test their engineering skills.
Head Teacher at Hookstone Chase Primary, Ann Wheatcroft commented “I just wanted to thank you formally for the wonderful work that you have done with our children. They have benefited so much from your input and it has given them enrichment experiences that we could not have provided ourselves.
The bridge building will be something that they will remember and I hope that it may have sparked possible ideas about their futures. It was good to see how they were having to use their problem solving skills, work with each other and make decisions. Working on something that is on a large scale is hugely exciting for young children as is wearing the correct safety gear!”
The sub-theme for INWED2017 is #MenAsAllies. To achieve real diversity and equality in engineering, we must strive to remove all barriers, inadvertent or not, so that both men and women equally want take up engineering as a career.
MWH Sustainability Consultant, Tahira Newaz was Highly Commended as ‘Young Professional of the Year’ at the ACE Consultancy & Engineering 2017 Awards.
Tahira is part of the sustainability team who have developed a ‘water footprint’ methodology and tool. The tool can be used to help select low impact interventions for future investment by any industry that consumes water. MWH Technical Director, Adrian Johnson who has worked with Tahira, said; “I am so pleased Tahira has received this well-deserved recognition from the ACE. She has been a pivotal member of the sustainability team, not only driving the Water Footprinting Innovation Project forward but also contributing to our sustainable drainage work, carbon management and other initiatives.”
Liz Chapman has worked in the engineering industry for 24 years in a career that covers a wide range of challenging projects and programmes and has recently been appointed to the role of UK Design Director. Liz has a passion for encouraging young people from a wide range of backgrounds to enter the engineering profession. Recently attending the MWH sponsored ‘Young Scientists and Engineers Competition’ finals at the Big Bang Fair, Liz presented the winners with the MWH award for specifically designing a project that best supports the development of future communities. Liz enjoys seeing individuals develop their potential and flourish in their careers and celebrates the concrete difference that formal and informal mentors play in recognising the diversity of talent we see in engineering today.
MWH Technical Specialist, Lisa Barrott has recently been elected to be Chair of the CIWEM Water Supply and Quality Panel. The Panel comprises a range of experts in the water supply field, drawn from government, regulators, water companies, consultants, research organisations and others.
In her role as Chair, Lisa will lead and continue the work of the Panel which includes preparing Public Position Statements (CIWEM statements on aspects of water supply such as Disinfection and Network Leakage), consultation responses, technical advice for the public and publications.
Lisa is the first woman to become Chair of the CIWEM Panel. Lisa says, “I have particularly encouraged women to join the Panel and present at conferences and hope that this will continue into the future. I would encourage anyone to help with CIWEM meetings in their local area as it is so valuable to have the experience of arranging meetings, inviting speakers and making contact with people throughout the water industry.”
Lisa’s election as Chair of the CIWEM Water Supply and Quality Panel was recently featured in an Infrastructure Intelligence article. Read the full article here.
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