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Salford’s ‘Techwuman’ celebrates her graduation

Tuesday 23 July 2019

AN ENTREPRENEURIAL student who has already set up her own business aimed at helping women succeed in engineering, graduated from the University of Salford last week.

Melissa Ahmed gained an MRes in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, her second degree from Salford. In 2016 she gained a 1st class BEng (Hons) degree in Aeronautical Engineering. As well as completing two degrees, Melissa has already begun her career, and has achieved success many people her age could only dream of.

In 2014, she was one of the top 18 finalists in the country for the ‘Female undergraduate of the year Award’ run by Target Jobs and sponsored by Rolls Royce. Following on from this, she successfully completed a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) where she led a two-year project which has revolutionised the design procedure of security products for Technocover. Technocover is a company specialising in designing and manufacturing security products which are able to resist physical attacks for guaranteed periods of time.

Her biggest personal success to date however, is ‘Techwuman’ a vision which has been brought to life by Melissa, and her mum Melani Ahmed, who is also a Salford Alumna.

Melissa said: “It was amazing to have graduated from Salford, I have loved my time there. My qualifications have given me a great foundation to build upon, inspiring me to set up my own business and drive it forward.”

“My passion for engineering started at a very young age having been inspired by two generations before me; my father who is an aviation expert and my grandfather, a mechanical engineer.”

“Pursuing my passion, I decided to found my company, Techwuman – The WISE choice in Engineering. Techwuman is an engineering consultancy company providing a range of engineering solutions, with a focus on promoting Women in Science and Engineering (WISE). Currently in the UK, less than 13% of engineering professionals are female. Techwuman’s aims are to promote more women into engineering improving gender equality in the industry, and to promote the variety of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) careers to the next generation.”

To further a year of total success, Melissa has achieved Incorporated Engineer status from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, and has been selected by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) as one of 20 celebrated female engineers to be profiled as part of the society’s centenary celebrations.

This is a few of many achievements and only the start for our ‘Techwuman’; we look forward to following Melissa’s progress in the future – with her ambition and motivation, the world is her oyster.

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Rhys Blanchard

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