Inspirational young engineer recognised by the IET

Abbie Hutty

Abbie Hutty with IET president Barry Brooks and chief executive Nigel Fine

Abbie Hutty, who studied her Mechanical Engineering (MEng) degree from 2005 to 2010 at the Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences at Surrey, has been named IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year for 2013.

As a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) ambassador, Abbie has been inspiring students and encouraging those with an existing interest to take it up further in study or careers, whilst working full-time as a Spacecraft Structures Engineer on the ExoMars Rover Mission.

Abbie has given workshops, site tours, talks and presentations for school and university students, educating thousands on the importance of science subjects in everyday life and within industry.

STEM profile raising initiatives included appearing on the BBC programme Stargazing LIVE with Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain, discussing space discoveries and technologies; mentoring junior members of staff at European space leader Astrium; and sitting on a panel for the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Eastern Region Committee, who organise events for young engineers in the area.

“Engineering is a challenging but rewarding industry to work in,” said Abbie. “Hopefully this prize will highlight the exciting reality of a career in engineering and encourage further investment in the talents of female engineers for years to come.”

Hutty’s ‘2013 IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year’ prize was worth £2,500, and she will now take up the role of the IET Young Woman Engineer Ambassador for 2014.

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