There have been many well-known female engineers across the centuries, 1770-1852 Sarah Guppy (bridge patentee) was an inventor who contributed to the design of Britain's infrastructure and developed several domestic products. In 1811 she patented the first of her inventions, a method of making safe piling for bridges.
Kitty Joyner (event pic) was the first female engineer with NACA 1939 which then became NASA in 1958.
With these pioneers having had a huge influence on engineering from as far back as the 18th century (and before) it is staggering to learn that women working in engineering in the UK makes up only 11% of the workforce, although the number of registered female engineers (CEng, IEng, EngTech) is only around 6%. This means our members and the wider sector are missing out on the skills and talents of almost 40% of the population.
How do we attract more women into the sector?
What to expect
For our March event we are highlighting women in engineering in the North East. By introducing some fantastic engineers who are and have worked in the sector (and just happen to be women) We hope this event will highlight some of the great roles that are available in the engineering and manufacturing sector as a whole and encourage future workforce development and diversity. We will be teaming up with South Tyneside College and inviting students from the engineering department to attend and hear from, and hopefully be inspired by our speakers to become the engineers and business leaders of tomorrow.
- Gillian Armstrong, Supply Chain Lean Deployment Performance Manager at Caterpillar Inc
- South Tyneside College
There will be a tour and a demonstration of their fantastic marine simulator. If you've never been on one of these before, you are in for a real experience. The simulator can replicate any of the major ports in the world and all-weather conditions. Remember your sea legs!!
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