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Vicky Stewart named in Top 50 Women in British Engineering

Thursday 23 June 2016

Graduate named as 'inspiration' on Women in Engineering Day

The 30-something, who graduated from the BSc in Audio Technology, works around the world to reduce noise and environmental impact of large infrastructure projects.

Inspired in sound by hosting her own radio show as a teenager, Vicky enrolled at the University of Salford’s respected department of acoustics as one of just three females on a course of 70 trainee engineers.

A work placement introduced her to Atkins – the UK’s third largest engineering consultancy where she has built a stunning career and is now a leading consultant in noise control, environmental assessment and project management.

Passionate ambassador

Passionate about women in science and engineering, she is the firm’s national coordinator for STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics) and promotes engineering to young people with schools, named last year as a finalist in the STEMNET awards for her work ambassador to young people.

The inaugural list of the top 50 Women in Engineering is published in the Daily Telegraph for to coincide with National Women in Engineering Day and features familiar senior engineers’ names such as Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Naomi Climer, President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and Chi Onwurah MP – the only female engineer in Parliament.

Brief biographies of each one of the 50 engineers on the list will be printed in the Telegraph on 23 June and this will be accompanied by a breakfast launch taking place at the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL to which all of the engineers listed and many of the other nominated candidates have been invited.

National Women in Engineering Day (#NWED2016) is now an International awareness campaign sponsored by UNESCO to raise the profile of women in engineering and focus attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry. It takes place annually on 23 June and in 2016 NWED is celebrated for the third year.

Discussion time 

Meanwhile, today Salford University is hosting a Women in Engineering Day discussion: “What responsibility does industry have to encourage and support women in engineering?” 

The discussion panel and drinks reception, hosted by Registrar, Alison Blackburn, takes place 6pm – 8pm, in Lady Hale building.

Professor Haifa Takruri-Rizk said: “There is a projected shortfall of 5,000 engineering professionals in the North West by 2022 and women only make up 9 per cent of the engineering workforce in the UK.

“We’ll be using the day to discuss how industry and universities can work together to address this shortfall and what responsibility industry has to encourage and support female graduates.”

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Gareth Hollyman

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