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    Shining the spotlight on our Rising Stars

    July 18, 2018
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    Shining the spotlight on our Rising Stars

    WeAreTheCity’s 2018 Rising Stars in the 3M-sponsored Science and Engineering category joined a glittering celebration event held in central London on 12 July.

    Shining the spotlight on our Rising Stars

    WeAreTheCity’s 2018 Rising Stars in the 3M-sponsored Science and Engineering category joined a glittering celebration event held in central London on 12 July.

    Shining the spotlight on our Rising Stars

    WeAreTheCity’s 2018 Rising Stars in the 3M-sponsored Science and Engineering category joined a glittering celebration event held in central London on 12 July.

    • Rising Stars Awards

      Dr Geetha Srinivasan from the Queen’s University Belfast; Dr Tara Shirvani from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; and Helen McGloin from Rolls-Royce (pictured left to right) attended the event, held at NewsUK’s headquarters, and were presented with their awards by 3M’s Human Resources leader for the UK and Ireland, Dave Pawson.

      Geetha, Helen and Tara, together with Katherine Tobin and Najwa Jawahar from WSP, were named among 100 new Rising Stars created by WeAreTheCity for 2018, representing a broad range of categories such as banking, construction, education and academia, sport and technology.

      Speaking at the event, Dave said: “We are delighted to shine a spotlight on talented female scientists and engineers by sponsoring this award category as this supports our community programme encouraging young people, and particularly girls, to study STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) subjects.

      “At 3M, our passion for innovation is founded on curiosity, problem-solving and collaboration. We believe that a diverse workforce is key to this success and are committed to attracting and developing female leaders at every level of the organisation.

      “By engaging with schools close to our technical and manufacturing centres, we showcase the dynamic careers enjoyed by our female scientists and engineers - encouraging girls to study STEM subjects and enhance tomorrow’s diverse talent pool.

      “As the Government has designated 2018 the ‘Year of Engineering’, it is particularly pleasing to be able to recognise five exceptionally talented scientists and engineers here this evening.

      “Our awardees are all passionate advocates of their professions, leading the way in mentoring apprentices and young graduates and running gender diversity networks and STEM outreach activities. They are all inspiring role models and we hope that winning this award will raise the profile of their great work.”

      Helen works in Manufacturing Technology for Rolls-Royce, specialising in Additive Manufacture and Automation. She led a UK Government project using additive layer powder bed fusion technology to deliver the company’s largest component manufactured in one piece. Within Automation, she works in the area of collaborative robots and systems to find ways to safely integrate people and robots into factory environments.

      It was Helen’s own lack of awareness of the industry before she joined Rolls-Royce that motivated her to become part of the founding group that set up the company’s Gender Diversity Network.

      Katherine stumbled across engineering in a university prospectus and decided that it was the perfect fit for her love of science and art. As she was at an all-girls school, engineering wasn’t promoted as a career choice and she had to look up a definition. To address this, she is passionate about promoting the industry to girls; giving numerous presentations to female pupils and mentoring young engineers and apprentices.

      As a structural engineer at WSP, Katherine has been involved in designing some of London’s most prestigious buildings, including a 62-story skyscraper in Bishopsgate.

      Her colleague Najwa joined WSP as a graduate engineer in 2012. Since then she has worked on a number of complex, high profile projects including the Merchant Square Development, London Wall Place and Key Bridge House.

      Najwa set up a graduate group and extended this to more than 300 young engineers and apprentices globally in just two years. In 2014, she was chosen to be part of WSP’s Taskforce Team and delivered two business initiatives including the new graduate development framework; and in 2017 she was named as the Best Young Woman Engineer at the European Women in Construction and Engineering Awards.

      Tara is the principal sector leader for Sustainable Transport at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London where she is in charge of making the bank’s €2 billion infrastructure investment portfolio more sustainable.

      An Austrian and Iranian national, Tara is an engineer by training and completed a Ph.D. in Fuel Technologies at Oxford University after taking a master’s in Engineering at Cambridge University. She started her career working for the United Nations in Tehran before moving into banking. Tara is regularly featured in the international press and has received a number of prestigious awards including being a Forbes 30 under 30 awardee in 2016.

      Geetha is a senior research fellow at the university’s Ionic Liquid Laboratories where she has worked on industrial projects with Astron Advanced Materials and PETRONAS. She is an award-winning scientist and her research into the use of ionic liquids in biomedical applications to help tackle environmental challenges has been well received within the scientific community and beyond.

      As a STEM ambassador, mother of two Geetha works with primary and higher secondary school pupils on science projects across Northern Ireland. Speaking about her reaction to winning the award, Geetha said: "I am humbled and truly inspired to keep striving and sustaining in science. These awards can be compared to energy drinks offered in between marathon runs. A science career needs true passion and passion should be supported by rewards such as this."

      This year, the awards were entered by 1,250 individuals and judged by a panel of 54 independent judges. More than 35,000 public votes were received for the 200 shortlisted nominees.

      Said 3M Communications and Visual Identity manager, Julie Owen, who also attended the event: “The evening was a spectacular celebration of female talent matched with uplifting music, high profile speakers, great entertainment and a fantastic setting looking out over the central London skyline.

      “As well as a special event recognising the amazing achievements of all the Rising Stars created since the programme was launched in 2015, there was an emphasis on where this award will take them in their careers and how they can encourage and inspire others along the way.”