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Awards recognise UK's top female engineers

Awards recognise UK's top female engineers

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is calling on the country's brightest young female engineers to enter this year's Young Women Engineer of the Year Awards.

Now in their 38th year, the awards aim to celebrate the achievements of the UK's top female engineering talent and demonstrate to young girls that engineering can be a diverse and exciting career choice.

Last year's winner was Abbie Hutty, a spacecraft engineer currently working on Europe's first Rover Mission to Mars.

She commented: "Being a finalist in the Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards has led to all kinds of opportunities for me to promote engineering, in particular to girls, from school and university visits to appearing in the media.

"I would definitely encourage other young female engineers to enter and join the campaign to help inspire a future generation of female engineers."

IET chief executive, Nigel Fine, added: "2014 has seen growing momentum from government, industry and educators to encourage more girls to study STEM subjects, so it seems timely and appropriate to make finding inspirational female role models who can support these efforts the key focus of our very successful awards."

The entry deadline for the 2014 Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards is 31 July. For more details, or to apply, go tot www.theiet.org/ywe.

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Laura Hopperton

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