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Dr Ciara McGrath wins Young Woman Engineer of the Year

Dr Ciara McGrath wins Young Woman Engineer of the Year

 December 02, 2021

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The IET 2021 Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards ceremony was tremendous.

Impressive winners and finalists were celebrated for their outstanding achievements.

This year's ceremony was hosted by Olympic Hockey Gold Medalist, Sam Quek MBE.

What an amazing ceremony

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The finalists were all such amazing women and they're truly smashing it in their engineering careers.

Congratulations to the winner Dr Ciara McGrath

IET Young Woman Engineer 2021 - Ciara McGrath

The 2021 winner was Dr Ciara McGrath, an Aerospace Systems Lecturer from the University of Manchester.

Ciara carries out engineering research projects in the areas of astrodynamics and space mission design, working with industry and policymakers to design space systems that can help support life on Earth. She also teaches university courses and supervises student projects in space system design, to support the education and development of the next generation of engineers. Ciara’s public engagement aims to make complex ideas accessible to everyone, through hands-on examples, podcasts, radio interviews, written articles and public talks.

Impressive finalists from across industry

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The further finalists for The IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year were:

  • Frazer-Nash Consultancy Systems Engineer, Anna Will
  • University of Manchester Aerospace Systems Lecturer, Dr Ciara McGrath
  • Herotech8 Junior Software Engineer, Dilani Selvanathan
  • Amey Consulting Senior Civil Engineer, Eftychia Koursari 
  • Arup Building Services Engineering Apprentice, Lauryn Jayes

A raft of exciting award categories


Congratulations to the Women’s Engineering Society Prize winner Effie Koursari for her impressive achievements.

Congratulations to Dilani Selvanathan who won the Mary George Memorial Prize for Apprentices.

Congratulations to the winner of the Gender Diversity Ambassador Award, Professor Elena Rodriguez-Falcon.

All are highly impressive women working in modern engineering and helping change the perception that engineering is predominantly a career for men by banishing outdated engineering stereotypes of hard hats and dirty overalls.

Let's keep celebrating the achievements of women engineers

Keep an eye open for forthcoming details of the 2022 IET YWE awards when they become available in the future here

And remember, let's keep supporting those women engineers who are smashing it in their careers!   


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