Three young female engineers have been recognised at the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards for their work in engineering.
IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year: Ying Wan Loh (28), is a manufacturing engineer for Rolls-Royce plc. She completed an MPhil in Industrial Systems, Manufacture and Management at the University of Cambridge. During this time, she co-founded a technology startup that developed rapidly within a year and won the CSSA UK High-Tech Entrepreneurship Bronze Award. As a keen STEM ambassador, she aspires to combine her passion in arts and engineering to engage and inspire the next generation of engineers.
IET Mary George Memorial Prize for Apprentices: Samantha Magowan (21), is an applications engineer for Dale Power Solutions. Magowan started out in a rotational apprenticeship, trying all the business departments to find out exactly what she liked. In her current role, she works out customers exact requirements and figures out solutions.
Women’s Engineering Society (WES) Award: Dr Claire Lucas (33), is an associate professor of systems and information engineering at the University of Warwick. Lucas is a director of studies for systems and information engineering, where she is responsible for teaching activity in Systems, Biomedical and General Engineering.
On winning, Ying Wan Loh said: “I am so honoured to receive this award. I have a great team and support system behind me, and this is an amazing feeling.
“This award isn’t just about me, it’s about all the outstanding women changing the world through engineering. The IET gives female engineers a voice to be heard and I want to use this platform to raise the profile of women in STEM and capture the imagination of young girls everywhere, showing them that they too can be an engineer.”