Aircraft engineering officer wins IET’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year award.

IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2011

Delegates and award presenter Myleene Klass

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) announced aircraft engineering officer Captain Charlotte Joyce as the Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2011.

The awards ceremony was held on Thursday at IET Savoy Place in London to celebrate the outstanding achievements of young women engineers. Capt. Joyce, who is based with the British 4 Regiment Army Air Corps, received a trophy and a £1,000 cheque, and will begin her journey as an ambassador and spokesperson for the industry.

Capt. Joyce is currently the only female engineering officer in the Army Air Corps. The judging panel described her as possessing a “fantastic passion for engineering and desire to change the world in which we live in”.

In addition to the main award, the IET also presented the Mary George Memorial Prize for Apprentices to Laurie-Ann Benner, a reliability engineer at PEME Process Control.

The Women’s Engineering Society (WES) Prize was awarded to Kelly Walker, combustion engineer at E.ON UK. Walker will have the opportunity to work with WES all through the year.

This year, the award recognised two other outstanding women for their exceptional performances in the industry.

Jamie-Leigh Clayton, an assistant signalling design engineer at Invensys Rail Ltd, was honoured with the Special Merit award, while Natasha Carpenter, an advanced apprentice at Cable & Wireless Worldwide, bagged the Special Recognition award.

Carpenter worked as a legal secretary before she stepped into the world of engineering. She told Science Glass Ceiling that a lot of people have the misconception that engineering is a man’s job, but there are many types of engineering and she hopes to encourage more young women to enter the industry.

“There is so much potential for a lot of kids, and they don’t realise the opportunities that are out there, really,” says Carpenter. “As long as they work hard, they can [achieve] this [as well]!”


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