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We are proud to support International Women in Engineering Day

Sunday 23rd June was ‘International Women in Engineering Day’. Connected Places Catapult was proud to support this important campaign to both raise the profile of women in engineering and focus attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry.

Launched as a UK initiative in 2014 to celebrate its 95th anniversary of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), the day has subsequently grown enormously. It received UNESCO patronage in 2016, and graduated from a national to an international event in 2017. The day is a great opportunity to elevate and promote the Women’s Engineering Society’s core objectives, which are:

  • Women: Support women to achieve their potential as engineers, applied scientists and leaders and to reward excellence.
  • Education: Encourage and promote the education, study and application of engineering.
  • Sustainability: Work with organisations and influencers to promote gender diversity and equality in the workplace and sustain the historic legacy and future effectiveness of the Women’s Engineering Society.​

You can find out more at www.inwed.org.uk. Scroll down to find out more about the experiences of female engineers at the Connected Places Catapult.

 

Video: Meet our Industry Leading Female Engineers

Connected Places Catapult has a diverse international team with a wide range of backgrounds and skills, which proudly includes a number of women with an engineering background, some of whom you can meet below.

Meet our female engineers in our latest video and discover what they like best about engineering and the advice they have for those aspiring to pursue a career in engineering.

You can check out individual video interviews on our YouTube page. 

Scroll down for more insights from our team!

Agnese Riccetti – Building Engineer

What is the best thing about being an engineer?

In my opinion flexibility and agility. Regardless the technical/scientific knowledge that can be taught at University, I believe it is the practical/pragmatic approach in education that counts more. As an engineer you need to be capable to rapidly assimilate work contexts, identify tasks and deliver outputs. You also need to be agile, ready for changes/problems and respond promptly with adjustments/solutions. This approach can be applied to several job roles, opening many opportunities. Having an engineer background allowed me to find opportunities within different jobs and roles. I am specialised in Building Engineering and I have worked in several sectors, e.g. information and communication, research, training, architecture and of course building sector.

What is the best project you have worked on?

I generally enjoy all projects I work on. In all the projects I’ve been working on so far, I have learnt a lot and every time I’ve felt that a specific project was essential to my professional growth. If I must give a preference, European projects have been and are still my favourite ones. International collaborations and teamwork improve your skills and knowledge, open your views and mind, while sharing and assimilating great values; these are aspects that local/national projects rarely provide.

What advice would you give to an aspiring female engineer?

At the beginning of my work experience, I asked a senior building engineer if I could assist him in the building sites he was overseeing. He replied that building sites were not appropriate for girls and I believed him, because he was a senior and experienced person that I looked up to. My advice: please do not make my same mistake, there is no male or female role, place, task or responsibility in the engineer sector. Do not believe to anyone that tells the opposite and do not let anyone stop you.

And of course, work abroad and travel a lot!

Nikoletta Plakomyti – Data Scientist

What is the best thing about being an engineer?

The best thing about being an engineer is the capability to think logically and through a reasoning process to solve any given problem; not only technical but even to make life decisions. Developing a blend of skills and knowledge is a part of daily life. The skill set built can be used in different sectors and that is the most amazing feeling in your career.

What is the best project you have worked on?

The best project as an engineer was my first project at CPC and my first commercial project looking at managing capacity on trains.  Since day one I have had the opportunity to participate in a very unique and innovative project. I started knowing nothing about the idea or what the steps of a real project are. However, with the support of a team which believes to me, I succeeded in meeting the needs and saw myself grow steadily and become a key contributor, taking on more challenges and responsibility.

What advice would you give to an aspiring female engineer?

Go for it! If you are good at your job and show an aptitude for engineering, nothing should keep you a step behind. Visualise yourself achieving your goals and succeeding in the so-called “hard tasks”, it is worth a lot.

Carmen Fuster-Rodriquez – Transport Economist

What is the best thing about being an engineer?

The analytical and structured way of thinking.

What is the best project you have worked on?

Although I have not worked as an engineer since I graduated, I have stayed within the transport sector, which I specialised in. I have been involved in a wide variety of transport related projects from a different perspective to that of engineering, which I still find very interesting!

What advice would you give to an aspiring female engineer?

To pursue their career objectives no matter the perception some people might have of women in engineering.

 

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