Women in Engineering Day 2018

Every year we celebrate Women in Engineering Day, but, we should be celebrating it every day. With women still in the minority in engineering jobs (but shortening that gap every year) it’s more important than ever to make sure that we promote engineering careers to women and ensure that they have every opportunity to join, advance and remain within the Engineering sciences.

Working in engineering recruitment I have seen progress over the last few years, with more female engineering candidates available, which shows that we are studying engineering at university level (it’s still very definitely male dominated but, we are catching up).

We now need to make sure that we are creating working environments to encourage women to stay in industry after university. But how do we do that? We do it by providing decent careers advice in schools and most importantly by giving young girls the engineering role models they deserve.

When I was in secondary school I wanted to be a teacher. I wanted to be a teacher because I had the most amazing history teacher in the world. She told me I could achieve anything if I put the hard work in. She encouraged me to do my best in everything. She was my hero, my role model and I wanted to be just like her. When girls are looking for role models we don’t give them engineers, and we should be.

In 2016 the film Hidden Figures came out. It told the story of the female mathematicians, Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan and Katherine Johnson who worked at NASA and played an undisputed part of putting the first American into orbit and bringing him back safely. But, as the name of the film suggests, they are not exactly well known for their contribution;, even though it’s likely that John Glenn wouldn’t have made it back to earth without Mary Jackson’s knowledge. These women, hidden for so long, can now shine as the role models of future female mathematicians everywhere. That is obviously a good thing but, I cannot think of any such films doing the same for female engineers (please, correct me if I’m wrong because I want to watch films like that). Representation of female characters in STEM in movies and TV is poor (getting better). We’ve had anthropologists, palaeontologists, computer scientists but precious few engineers. There’ are so many pioneering women whose stories we could tell, so let’s tell them!

Let’s shout their names out loud enough so that girls all over the world hear them and become inspired.

Let’s give girls the engineering role models that they need and most certainly deserve.

 

Take a look at our series: Women in Industry

We wanted to showcase the most influential women in history who have contributed to discoveries in science. Some of these women you may have heard of and some are unsung heroines. Here are three of our latest examples:

Mary Kenneth Keller

Sameera Moussa

Hedy Lamarr

 

Author: Natasha Young

Natasha Young

 

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Master Batch Record Designer – Dun Laoghaire

We are recruiting for a Master Batch Records Designer to join a biotechnology manufacturer who is one of the world’s leading suppliers of biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical medicines.

The company:

Our client is one of the world top ten manufacturers of biosimilar and biopharmaceutical products used in the treatment of a wide range of human healthcare conditions from cancer to arthritis. This company are a strong believer in helping patients by developing new treatments and taking them to market via their global network of specialist aseptic manufacturing, packaging and distribution sites.

The location:

This role is located on a state of the art manufacturing facility based in Dun Laoghaire and is a quick 30 minute drive away from the centre of Dublin, or 60 minutes drive from Dublin Airport. The site is easily commutable from Kildare or Wicklow by car and there is a good public transport network if you would prefer to live within Dublin itself. Dun Laoghaire is a vibrant cultural hub in south Dublin which is best known for its maritime history and locally caught sea food.

The job:

An exciting opportunity to be involved in the development, configuration and testing of Master Batch Records from initial to final design. The role also includes preparing and managing MBR change requests and associated change request forms and other relevant documentation, as well as developing, reviewing and updating MES SOP’s. The main purpose of the Master Batch Records Designer will be the delivery of new and updated Master Batch Records for use in production.

Salary:

This is a contract position with an initial duration of 12 months with an hourly rate on offer up to €64phr.

Find out more about this job here

 

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Job of the week: Data Analyst Supervisor

The job of the week is a superb Data Analyst Supervisor role with an international life science measurement and testing company, this has been chosen as it is:

  • A fantastic opportunity to join a well established company on a permanent basis.
  • This organisation are focused on providing materials characterisation and analytical services to the pharmaceutical, food, consumer, cosmetic and agro-chemical industries.
  • Based at their Bury offices in Greater Manchester.
  • This role comes with a great salary and benefits package.

Find out more here

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Technical Transfer Lead in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

We are recruiting exclusively for a Technical Transfer Lead to join a biotechnology manufacturer who is globally one of the leading suppliers of biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical medicines.

The company:
This household name is one of the world’s top manufacturers of biosimilar and biopharmaceutical products used in the treatment of a wide range of human healthcare conditions from cancer to arthritis. This company is a strong believer in helping patients by developing new treatments and taking them to market via their global network of specialist aseptic manufacturing, packaging and distribution sites.

The location:
The client site is located in a state of the art manufacturing facility based in Dun Laoghaire. Brightly painted houses, palm trees, and townland parks greet visitors to Dun Laoghaire, an elegant port town just 13km from Dublin’s city centre.
It’s a vibrant cultural hub which is best known for its maritime history and locally caught seafood. The site is easily commutable from Kildare or Wicklow by car and there is a good public transport network if you would prefer to live within Dublin itself.

The role:
The main purpose of the role will be to lead the management of cross-functional activities, required to successfully and effectively receive a portfolio of complex drug manufacturing processes.

The role will involve leading new product introductions, ensure the success of product transfer projects from initiation through to the transfer as well as providing process development expertise for commercial drug processing in specific areas such as sterile processing, process characterisation, tech transfer, and validation.

This would be an exciting opportunity for a Technical Transfer Lead, with drug product experience and project management skills, to work exclusively with a new product introduction cycle on a contract basis for 12 months initially.

 

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Job of the week: Senior Compliance Manager

This week we are recruiting for an excellent and rare permanent Senior Compliance Manager job for a computerised systems role. It is:

  • A fantastic opportunity to join a long established and highly successful consumer health business, one that is continually investing and focusing on research and innovation.
  • Based at their site in the UK’s City of Culture 2017, Hull
  • A permanent role
  • This role comes with an exceptional salary and extensive benefits package.

Find out more about this job here

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Women in Industry: Mary Kenneth Keller

Mary Kenneth Keller: The first woman to earn a PhD in Computer Science in the US was also a Nun.

Continuing with our adventure into the world of science and technology pioneers, who also happen to be women, I would like to introduce to you Mary Kenneth Keller.

Mary Kenneth Keller was born in Ohio in 1913. Although not too much is known about her early life we do know that in 1932, at the age of 18, she entered the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and went on to take her vows as a nun in 1940. Not too many years later she earned a BSc in Mathematics from DePaul University, quickly following it up with a Masters in Mathematics & Physics. She became the first woman to earn a PhD in Computer Science in the United States.

She studied at some of the most prestigious universities in America and worked in the Computer Science Centre workshop in Dartmouth College (a male only institute at the time). During her time there she assisted in the development of the BASIC computer language.

Up until that time only mathematicians and scientists were able to write custom computer code. The creation of BASIC completely changed that and gave anyone who could learn the language the ability to program thus making computing accessible for most of the population. She went on to found the Computer Science department at Clarke College in Iowa and remained their Director for twenty years.

Mary Kenneth Keller was passionate about computing at a time when it was mostly reserved for the academic elite who were also mostly male. She envisioned a world where computers could learn on their own and considered Artificial Intelligence to be an extremely achievable goal stating “For the first time, we can now mechanically simulate the cognitive process. We can make studies in artificial intelligence.”.

More than that though she could see the potential to radically change how we educate ourselves and provide information to everyone, anywhere! She was a true pioneer.

Take a look at other inspiring women in our series, Women in Industry here

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Job of the week: Hardware Engineering Manager

We are recruiting for a Hardware Engineering Manager to join a newly formed company from a joint venture between a global electrical and specialist scientific equipment company.

  • Based in Oxford it has strong transport links to the surrounding areas
  • Excellent base salary on offer of up to £70,000pa
  • An exciting opportunity to work alongside development teams researching new technology for the scientific equipment industry

Find out more about this job here

 

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Job of the week: Mechanical Engineer

This week we have a fantastic Mechanical Engineer job with an innovative company designing and producing powder handling systems. This job has been chosen as it is:

  • An amazing opportunity to join a well established and specialised company in the heart of Chesterfield on a permanent basis.
  • You will join a small and dynamic team to work on a range of different bespoke projects from planning and design through to installation.
  • This role comes with an excellent salary of £30,000 to £45,000 pa dependant upon experience.

Find out more about this job here

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Women in Industry: Sameera Moussa

We are pleased to launch a monthly series about inspiring women in industry. It is widely known that women within the STEM sector are vastly under-represented and we would like to encourage more women to consider a career in STEM. This year is also the 100th year since the first British women were given the right to vote.

Bearing this in mind we wanted to showcase the most influential women in history who have contributed to discoveries in science. Some of these women you may have heard of and some are unsung heroines.

The first woman in this series is Sameera Moussa:

Sameera Moussa – Nuclear Physicist, March 3, 1917 – August 5, 1952

Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive materials to help diagnose and treat a wide variety of diseases. It is quick, painless and usually performed as an outpatient procedure. It has literally saved and improved the lives of countless people, but did you know that one of the early pioneers of nuclear medicine was a woman called Sameera Moussa? I bet you didn’t.

You may never have heard her name before but you definitely should have. She was a contemporary of many famous scientists such as Albert Einstein, Max Planck, Watson & Crick.

Sameera’s mother died of cancer while Sameera was still very young. This left a long-lasting impression on the young girl and is likely one of the reasons she dedicated her life to making nuclear technology accessible for medical use. She once claimed she wanted to make nuclear treatment as cheap as Aspirin. Throughout her life she volunteered at various hospitals, helping care for cancer patients.

Sameera excelled in her primary and secondary education, eventually winning a place at Cairo University where she joined the Faculty of Sciences to study for a BSc in Radiology. She finished her degree with First Class Honours and followed up this triumph with a doctorate in Atomic Radiation. She later became a lecturer and assistant professor at the university, the first woman to hold such a post there.

She was awarded the prestigious and highly competitive Fulbright Scholarship which allowed her to travel to America and study at the modern research facilities in California. She was even given permission to visit secret US atomic facilities in recognition of her pioneering nuclear research. She was the first non-US born person to be granted that privilege.

While working in the UK she discovered an equation that would make nuclear bombs cheaper, however, she also set up the Atomic Energy for Peace conference because she knew that radiation was more than just a destructive force.

Sadly her life and pioneering work were cut short. She was killed in a tragic car accident while in California when the vehicle she was travelling in fell from a height of 40 feet.

Who knows what she could have accomplished if she hadn’t died so young.

The Egyptian Army honoured her in 1953 and she was posthumously awarded the Order of Science and Arts, First Class. She has a school and laboratory named after her in a village she lived in.

You now know who Sameera Moussa was and why she should be your new hero!

 

Take a look at our article ‘the future is bright for women in engineering featuring Hedy Lamarr’.

Author: Natasha Young

Natasha Young

 

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Meet the Employers at Manchester Metropolitan

We are attending the Meet the Employers event held at the Manchester Metropolitan University on Wednesday the 24th of January 2018.

This is a specific engineering focused event organised by the Manchester Metropolitan University where students meet and network with potential employers.

We will be exhibiting at the event but also holding roundtable discussions where we will be giving engineering students advice on how to find their first role in industry.

If you are searching for your first engineering job or are looking to progress your career, we have some handy job hunting advice tips to help you through, take a look at our job hunting advice section here.

If you are looking for a new job, search our jobs here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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