Did you know that today is National Women in Engineering Day (NWED)? This event has been created by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) to celebrate the work that women do in engineering, and to showcase the great engineering careers that are available for girls.
The aim is to encouraging more women to become engineers; this is an important message when you consider diversity (currently only 10% of the engineering workforce is female) and the need to fill the looming skills gap in the sector.
Last year over 250 schools and 100 organisations were involved in NWED; find out what is going on for this year’s celebrations here. The Royal Aeronautical Society has got involved and linked its first Film Night to the event by screening the film ‘Amelia’ last night, which looks at the legendary American Pilot Amelia Earhart, who disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 whilst attempting to fly around the world solo.
The RAeS also wants to engage with you on the ‘Women in Aviation and Aerospace’ Linkedin Group. Do you have a question about working in this industry? Have you got an inspiring story to share? What advice would you give to girls or women considering a career in aviation and/or engineering? We want to hear from you! #NWED.
The Women in Aviation and Aerospace Committee (WAAC)
The Society’s own Women in Aviation and Aerospace Committee (WAAC) share similar ambitions to WES and aim to ‘increase the number of women choosing a career in all sectors of aviation and aerospace, to support those already in the industry to achieve their career goals, and to encourage more women to join the Society and play a role in all its groups and activities’.
As part of this the Committee have two events planned for this year:
Amy Johnson Named Lecture
9 July 2015 / London
This lecture will be given by Carol Vorderman MBE ahead of her attempt to fly around the world solo in 2016. To find out more and to register, click here. This event is free to attend and open to all.
Sustainability Solutions: Technology and Diversity
30 October 2015 / London
Aerospace companies are increasingly focusing on green issues. What are the issues that need attention? How are they being addressed? What role does diversity play in this? The 2015 WAAC conference will focus on the topic of sustainability. It will explore green technology and examine how the lack of resources may affect its development. The event will also discuss the need to encourage women into, and to stay in, the aerospace industry. A networking drinks reception will take place at the end of the event. Click here to register.