Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Promoting Engineering in 2014

On Thursday 5th December 2013, I was delighted to win the Women's Engineering Society award (http://www.wes.org.uk/content/yasmin-ali-wins-wes-prize-2013). It was a slightly surreal evening, but not as surreal as seeing my face in the Newark Advertiser and Chad Newspapers in the weeks that followed...
Chad News, 25 December 2013

This all began back in May 2013 when I sat down with a blank piece of paper and started throwing down ideas for things to write in my IET young woman engineer of the year award application (http://conferences.theiet.org/ywe/index.cfm). A few months later I was invited for a panel interview and my performance earned me a place as one of the four finalists. It was now a waiting game for the award ceremony when the winners would be announced; not easy for someone as impatient as me!

I have no doubt there will be many new experiences in 2014 with my role as an ambassador for the Women's Engineering Society. It's easy to forget about this stuff which is why I want to keep a record and reflect on these unique opportunities. 

The past three years of work as an engineer in the energy industry, and previous to that my four years of studying Chemical engineering at Nottingham University have provided fun, excitement and satisfaction. I am eager to share this and promote engineering to girls and young people and generally raise awareness about what engineers do.  

That's all for now, until next time, happy new year!