Shreya works to inspire the next generation of engineers
We celebrated International Women in Engineering Day, a global awareness campaign which raises the profile of women in engineering and gives attention to the career opportunities available to girls.
This year’s theme focuses on how engineers #ShapeTheWorld and make our planet a better, safer, more innovative and exciting place to be. Issues such as sustainability, managing the world’s resources and using renewable energy appropriately are all challenges that can benefit from the work of engineers across many disciplines.
Despite all the advances coming from the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), too few people around the world are pursuing these areas of expertise. According to recent studies, the UK needs an extra 20,000 engineering graduates every year in order to meet current demand, whilst the United States faces a deficit of 1.1 million STEM workers by 2024.
"Historically STEM fields have been dominated by men and young girls see few women going into these, so they have fewer role models and examples to follow"
We spoke to one of our graduate engineers, Shreya Tripathi, on the work she’s doing to help young people consider a career in engineering.
Shreya’s passion for promoting STEM started when she was studying chemical engineering at the University of Aberdeen. “I was an active member of the Women in Engineering Society and was also involved with TechFest, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire’s annual festival of STEM, as a role model for younger girls,” she explains.
“I was a project demonstrator, which involved arranging activities and science experiments to provide inspiration to the next generation of scientists and engineers. Historically STEM fields have been dominated by men and young girls see few women going into these, so they have fewer role models and examples to follow. That’s why I believe mentorship and role models are extremely important for young people looking to pursue a career in STEM.”