Five inspirational female role models have been named as WeAreTheCity Rising Stars for 2022 in the Science and Engineering category, sponsored by 3M.
They are among 100 Rising Stars created for 2022 in an annual programme run by WeAreTheCity, an online forum in the UK that helps women develop themselves personally and professionally, that recognises female role models and future leaders.
Meet our Science and Engineering category winners:
Bamidele Farinre is a scientific advisor to the UK Health Security Agency. She is leading the way in biomedical science and always takes the time to develop others.
Caitlin McCall from The Manufacturing Technology Centre is an advanced research engineer specialising in electronics and robotics – a true inspiration to the next generation of female engineers.
Diviya Devani from Q-CTR. As a space systems engineer specialising in the next generation of space technologies, Diviya is a real trailblazer.
Lisa-Jayne Cook from GEA Heating and Refrigeration Technologies started as an apprentice and has forged a successful career in a male-dominated industry. She is a proud diversity and inclusion champion.
Lynette Kebirungi from Rolls-Royce is an ambitious aerospace engineer devoted to empowering others and changing the world one act at a time.
3M employees Patrizia Capogreco and Sarah Chapman were also among the 2022 Rising Stars and were recognised in part for their inspirational work promoting diversity and equity in the workplace.
Patrizia is a senior application engineer for 3M’s Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division in Italy and won a Global Award for Achievement. She was nominated for her successes at work, including being named as an inventor for a new adhesive patent for the Transportation industry, as well as for being an inspirational STEM ambassador and diversity champion at 3M.
North Europe STEM champion, Sarah Chapman, received a Rising Star in Education award. In addition to being a technical manager for 3M, Sarah is a corporate board member at Farnborough College of Technology in Berkshire, UK. She speaks publicly on the importance of diversity to drive innovation and chairs 3M’s EMEA Technical Women’s Leadership Forum.
Along with all the winners, judges and sponsors, Patrizia and Sarah have been invited to attend a prestigious awards ceremony at the Pan Pacific hotel in London in July. Sarah will also present the awards to the five winners in the Science and Engineering category.
Said 3M Communications and Visual Identity manager for the North Europe Region, Julie Owen: “Huge congratulations go to all the 2022 Rising Stars for this fantastic achievement. They are all inspirational role models for the next generation of women.”