Woman engineer of the year wants 'to inspire others'
The IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award has been presented to Yewande Akinola, an Environmental Services Engineer with ARUP.
The annual event organised by the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) recognises female engineers under the age of 30 working in the UK and aims to inspire others to enter the profession.
“I’m hoping this will help me tell an effective story that will inspire young girls to consider a career in engineering and will demonstrate the diverse and fantastic opportunities this industry has to offer,” said Akinola.
Akinola, who was presented with the award by Gabby Logan at a ceremony in London, was recognised for her commitment to sustainability and innovation regarding water supply technology, including water sanitation methods for developing and underdeveloped countries.
She is a graduate of the University of Warwick, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Design and Appropriate Technology, and a Masters in Innovation and Design from Cranfield University.
Other awards on the night included the 2012 WES Prize which was awarded to Charlotte Tingley, BAE Systems.