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    Meet the science and engineering Rising Stars

    August 05, 2019
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    Meet the science and engineering Rising Stars

    Five inspirational female role models have been named as 2019 WeAreTheCity Rising Stars in the Science and Engineering category, sponsored by 3M.

    Meet the science and engineering Rising Stars

    Five inspirational female role models have been named as 2019 WeAreTheCity Rising Stars in the Science and Engineering category, sponsored by 3M.

    Meet the science and engineering Rising Stars

    Five inspirational female role models have been named as 2019 WeAreTheCity Rising Stars in the Science and Engineering category, sponsored by 3M.

    • Lorna Bennet from the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult programme; Mariapia Angelino from WSP; Rain Irshad from STFC RAL Space; Rand Alkhatib from Arcadis; and Rosario Barcena from Systra are among 100 new Rising Stars created for 2019 by WeAreTheCity, an online forum that provides free careers advice for women.

      The five are proud winners in the 3M-Sponsored Science and Engineering category and were presented with their awards by 3M Customer Services Operations manager, Sam Holloway, at a special presentation evening on 3 July.

      In addition, 3M software specialist Claire Donoghue was announced as one of the winning five Rising Stars in the Technology category.

      The celebration event was held at the Landmark Hotel in London with a total of 100 winners representing areas such as banking, construction, education and academia, sport and professional services.

      This year, 1250 individuals were entered for the awards and judged by a panel of independent judges. More than 35,000 public votes were received for the 200 shortlisted nominees.

      Diana Kennedy, vice-president for Strategy, Architecture and Planning and Information Technology and Services for BP, was a judge in the Science and Engineering category and said that the role was harder than ever this year.

      She said: “The quality of the candidates was simply outstanding, with each one excelling in their own way. I was looking for excellence in each candidate's current activities and achievements, but also for the potential and ambition for them to achieve even more amazing things in the future."

      Speaking at the ceremony, Sam said: “Through our sponsorship of this category, I’m delighted to shine a spotlight on some exceptionally talented female engineers and scientists here this evening. They are passionate advocates of their profession, driving amazing projects – from high speed rail infrastructure to offshore renewable energy and space exploration systems.

      “Our Rising Stars are all fantastic role models, promoting gender diversity in their specialisms, mentoring young professionals and running outreach activities with local schools to encourage female students, in particular, to consider the wide variety of exciting careers opportunities that are available. We hope that winning this award will raise the profile of their great work and give them the confidence to reach even greater heights.”

      Speaking about her award, Claire Donoghue said: “I'm delighted and honoured to be recognised in this way. Receiving this award will spur me on to continue my support of engineering and STEM education."

      The Rising Star awards are sponsored by The Times and The Sunday Times and were introduced four years ago to showcase the UK pipeline of female talent below management level and to create 100 new role models across different industries and profession every year.



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