National Women in Engineering Day!

What is today about?

National Women in Engineering Day  is the day we celebrate women in engineering and inspire and encourage more women to join this field of study. WES (Womens Engineering Society) offers to motivate and support women in engineering, with their vision being to have a nation where women are just as likely to choose engineering as men.

Below is an infographic portraying why we need more women in engineering.

National Women in Engineering Day
1Director: Sarah Hainsworth

Professor Hainsworth is a recognised authority in the field of materials science and is Head of the Materials Technology Integration Centre at the University of Leicester. Her advice is sought by leading industrial companies. She has led major industrial projects in the areas of materials, lubricants and power generation and propulsion machinery, and is regularly asked to act as an expert witness due to her expertise in forensic engineering.

Sarah is the scientific head of ASDEC. Her role is to ensure that the latest advances from the world of scientific research are fed through to ASDEC, so that the skills, methodologies and equipment remain state of the art.

Learn more about ASDEC here

We understand how important women are in any field of study, however with the growing demand of engineers, women are essential for further advancements in engineering. 
Click here to check out some of the pioneering women in Engineering.

“Britain produced 12,000 engineering graduates a year – and there are currently 54,000 vacancies. It’s predicted that in two years time there will be 200,000 vacancies. India produces 1.2m engineering graduates a year. The Philippines produces more than us, so does Iran, so does Mexico. It’s not a sustainable situation.”

The UK currently has the lowest percentage of female engineers in Europe, which is a shocking fact considering Britain is the home of many ground breaking female engineers.  What could be causing this? It may be due to the fact that engineering is advertised as a ‘heavy-duty’ job. My personal opinion is that we have to express how broad engineering can be, these jobs don’t always consist of; welding, lathe work, fitting and assembly etc. Click here to find out the different types of engineering sectors.

What can you do to help?

If you have a twitter account, you can raise awareness by using the hashtags #RaisingProfiles #NWED2016

We are raising awareness by creating graphics and this blog post which in turn we hope will inspire the younger generation to consider Engineering as a field of study.

Visit for a full list of how you can celebrate NWED2016

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