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International Women in Engineering Day

23 Jun 2022

INWED was started 9 years ago by the Women’s Engineering Society. Since its founding in 1919, the Women’s Engineering Society has supported women in their roles as engineers, promoted engineering as a field that is open to women, and celebrates sustainability and gender diversity in the workplace. INWED gives female engineers the acknowledgement they deserve and at Whitecode, we have a huge appreciation for our female colleagues. 


What better time to show our appreciation for our female engineers than International Women in Engineering Day (INWED). This year’s theme is inventors and innovators and at Whitecode would like to highlight the crucial role employees like Ellen and Amy play in helping our clients meet ever-changing building regulations while complying with sustainability objectives through MEP design. Innovating makes up a large part of what they do at Whitecode, because of the fast pace the construction industry is evolving at. Ellen and Amy are just two of the seven women working with us to make the future built environment a more sustainable place.

Earlier this week we asked them for a few insights into their time working in the field of engineering:

Amy:

What have you enjoyed the most working in engineering?

I love to see the sustainable impact we as a sector are making on the built environment, and how this is growing and will continue to grow in the coming years.  

Do you have any words of wisdom for women looking to pursue a career in engineering?

Be fearless! Engineering is such an amazing and rewarding career, for both men and women.

Did you have friends at school who were considering a future in engineering?

I did – and they have gone on to achieve amazing university grades and careers in engineering!

Do you admire another woman engineer and if so why?

I admire my team, and my school friends – for not letting the industry scare them, and for being so kind and clever!

Ellen:

What have you enjoyed the most working in engineering?

The variation of projects and the recent challenges with the change to the Building Regulations, making sure our clients are up to date.

Do you have any words of wisdom for women looking to pursue a career in engineering?

Just go for it, there are many different roles in engineering and it is a rewarding career.

What has been the most enjoyable project you’ve worked on in the last year?

Chequers Lane for Inland Homes submission and approval of Planning consent for mixed-use scheme, providing all GLA reports for sustainability and getting full 
approval within 13 weeks

Did you have friends at school who were considering a future in engineering?

I can’t remember what my friends wanted to do!

Do you admire another woman engineer and if so why?

Marissa Mayer for combining engineering and business.

INWED was started 9 years ago by the Women’s Engineering Society. Since its founding in 1919, the Women’s Engineering Society has supported women in their roles as engineers, promoted engineering as a field that is open to women, and celebrates sustainability and gender diversity in the workplace. INWED gives female engineers the acknowledgement they deserve and at Whitecode, we have a huge appreciation for our female colleagues. INWED is just one day a year, but the importance of female engineers within the construction industry brings an invaluable layer of creativity and expertise. We strive to encourage both female and male engineers into the sector and this of course starts with education. We are continuing our collaboration with Wilmington Grammar and surrounding local schools in order to educate our younger generation, promoting the variety of job roles and career paths available within the construction industry. 
 

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