On the 23 June 2022 is a day that celebrates and draws attention to the pioneering female engineers around the world and the work they do to solve problems and improve daily lives.
International Women in Engineering Day, brought to you by Women’s Engineering Society (WES) will celebrate its 9th year in 2022 and figures as of June 2021 show that 16.5% of engineers are women. INWED gives women engineers around the world a profile when they are still hugely under-represented in their professions. As the only platform of its kind, it plays a vital role in encouraging more young women and girls to take up engineering careers.
This year’s theme is Inventors and Innovators.
Powersystems acknowledges that 16.5% of the UK engineering workforce is female. We are keen to welcome more girls and women into our business operations to raise the profile of electrical engineering and the amazing career opportunities available.
We urgently need more electrical engineers and encouraging more women into engineering is a must.
We must inspire our children and young people through their journey of life; commencing with our education systems and then later through employment and that we collectively break down the barriers and misconceptions around engineering to attract reward and retain women into amazing engineering careers.
Studies have shown that having a more diverse workforce and voices in STEM fields is critical for growth and innovation.
At Powersystems, we recognise that diverse thought and inclusive mindsets are needed, to tackle the challenges to build the UK’s electric nation as we deliver our company vision to Power the transition to a carbon free future.
Powersystems offers a fulfilling career as well as early career opportunities to those people wanting to work in electrical engineering, with apprenticeships, a graduate programme, internships, and summer placements available.
Today is International Women in Engineering Day, with a number of events running across the country and worldwide. We’ve highlighted ten women whose discoveries and inventions have changed the world.
Ada Lovelace – was a member of the British aristocracy and the daughter of Lord Byron, but she’s also considered the first computer programmer. She was fascinated by the Difference Engine, a mechanical calculator invented by mathematician Charles Babbage, and when he started work on a more complex Analytical Engine, she became an important collaborator. Decades before the first computers, she worked out how to use the Analytical Engine to perform calculations – the first algorithms.
Stephanie Kwolek – discovered bulletproof fibre Kevlar by accident in the 1960s, while searching for something lightweight but strong for use in car tires. She was working as a chemist at DuPont factory in Delaware, where she carried out extensive research on polymers. Kevlar was five-times stronger than steel by weight, and is now used for bulletproof vests and mobile phone cases.
Bette Nesmith Graham – The white correction fluid has fallen out of use in recent years – because of the advent of computers, not because we’ve stopped making mistakes, but it was a godsend in the early days of the typewriter. Back then, a mistake meant starting over, as Bette Nesmith Graham knew only too well. She was working as a secretary in a Texas bank, and had her moment of inspiration when watching painters cover their mistakes with an additional coat. Graham mimicked their technique, and producing and perfecting this ‘liquid paper’ soon became her full time job. By 1967 she was selling a million bottles a year.
Alice Parker – There were systems for distributing heat around the home back in Roman times, but a forgotten African-American woman came up with the system that bears most similarity to modern central heating systems. Almost nothing is known about Alice Parker, bar the patent she was granted in 1919 which describes a technically complex and intricate gas-powered heating system for the home.
Hedy Lamarr – She was a global film star in the 1930s and 40s, but in her spare time Hedy Lamarr developed a technique called ‘frequency hopping’ which allowed the US military to control weapons and other devices remotely, without fear of them being jammed. The same technology forms the basis for all sorts of modern wireless communication, including WiFi.
Josephine Cochrane – In the 1870s, Josephine Cochrane started throwing lavish dinner parties using fine china that had been handed down through her family for a century. After one party, some of the dishes were chipped by a careless servant so she started searching for a safer alternative. The end result was the first commercially successful automatic dishwasher, which was pioneering because it used water pressure rather than manual scrubbers to clean the dishes.
Sarah Guppy – A serial inventor almost on par with Thomas Edison, Guppy is best known for her contributions to bridge-building. Her first patent was for a way of making safe piling for the foundations of bridges, and her work helped support Bristol’s famous Clifton suspension bridge. She was prolific – other patents included methods of keeping ships free of barnacles, a bed with built-in exercise equipment, and a tea and coffee urn that would cook eggs and keep toast warm.
Henrietta Vansittart – The daughter of inventor James Lowe, who’d pioneered screw propellers for steam ships, Vansittart carried on her father’s work after his death. She improved on it, with her propeller being trialled on the HMS Druid in 1869. It was eventually fitted on the ocean liner the Lusitania.
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