Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering

Diversity

The digital age: the catalyst for diversity?

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 21 June 2017

As CEO of a startup, a key part of my role is to read the market. I try to anticipate which trends are long term shifts that will shape our industry, versus those that will burn out quickly.

It is becoming increasingly clear that the competition for digital talent will be fierce. There is increasing demand for STEM skills in every industry – from the creative industries to the tech sector.  The engineering sector in the future is going to have to compete more widely for skills and talent. For digital skills this is a global market.

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Monica Porto: Brazil’s Engineer of the Year

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 19 June 2017

For the first time in its 100-year history, Brazil’s Institute of Engineering in São Paulo has bestowed its greatest honour on a female engineer.

Presented every year since 1963, the Engineer of the Year award goes to professional engineers in recognition of outstanding performances in the area, or whose careers have been marked by continuous contributions to the advancement of engineering.

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InterEngineering: Empowering LGBT+ engineers and fostering inclusion

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 13 June 2017

I was inspired to set up InterEngineering in 2014 when I realised I did not know any other LGBT+ engineers! A spotlight existed on gender and ethnicity, but there was nothing on sexual orientation and gender identity; they are harder to see by virtue of the fact that they are hidden identities. In response to this, I co-founded InterEngineering, and our success has far surpassed anything I originally expected.

InterEngineering connects, informs and empowers LGBT+ engineers and supporters to foster greater inclusion in engineering. Our vision is to be the leading LGBT+ organisation catalysing change and fostering greater inclusion in engineering by working with engineering companies, institutes, government and the future talent pipeline.

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What made you think that you could do a man’s job?

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 7 June 2017

With automation and emerging technologies shaping the workplace of the future, the workforce of tomorrow must also adapt. The sharp growth in new industries means engineering enterprises are set to need more than 265,000 skilled entrants every year through to 2024.  Of these, around 186,000 people will be needed in purely engineering occupations. However, the UK is struggling to meet the growing demand for engineers.

Having gone through the UK education system and working as an engineer for 11 years, I can think of many reasons for the deficiency of engineers in the UK. Lack of diversity in the field, due to misconceptions and gender bias, plays a huge part.

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