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ICE STEM Ambassador of the Year: 2022 winners announced

01 April 2022

Introducing the ICE UK region winners who have been recognised for their great work inspiring the next generation of civil engineers.  

ICE STEM Ambassador of the Year: 2022 winners announced
These engineers continued to inspire younger generations, even during the Covid-19 pandemic. Image credit: Studio R/Shutterstock

These ICE members have been making a real difference by inspiring and informing young people about the benefits of a career in civil engineering during another year of Covid restrictions.

During the pandemic young people have needed careers inspiration more than ever. Thanks to these members – and the many others like them who volunteer as ICE STEM Ambassadors.

Due to their work, young people in schools and colleges have still been able to connect with civil engineers and find out more about the profession.

The overall winner of the ICE STEM Ambassador of the Year 2022 title will be awarded in June.

Read the stories of those nominated and get inspired. New nominees will be added between April and May.

ICE STEM Ambassador of the Year 2022 winners

3rd-year civil engineering student at the University of Bristol and ICE QUEST Scholar with Tony Gee.
3rd-year civil engineering student at the University of Bristol and ICE QUEST Scholar with Tony Gee.

Abbie Stallard received the accolade in recognition of her work volunteering as a STEM ambassador, which she's been doing for a few years, since the start of her degree and despite the pandemic.

She’s been involved in several activities to encourage others to follow a similar career path and helping those interested in engineering successfully pursue this interest while providing young girls with a female role model in the industry.

Sharing her interest in the industry with younger generations

One of the first activities Stallard completed as a STEM ambassador was writing a profile for the ‘Greater Manchester Engineering Challenge’.

She explained what her role is as a civil engineer and why others should consider becoming one.

Another activity involved giving a talk to a group of sixth formers interested in engineering.

Stallard covered the different engineering disciplines, her experience of studying engineering at university, the ICE QUEST scholarship and how to write a successful university or scholarship application.

Most recently, she produced a video for Year 9 students in the UK who are choosing their GCSEs options.

She explained why she chose Design and Technology as one of her GCSE options and how it has helped in her career so far.

Senior lecturer in Environmental Science at Abertay University.
Senior lecturer in environmental science at Abertay University.

Dr Rebecca Wade was praised by judges for her ‘shining enthusiasm’ as a volunteer who visits schools and gives talks encouraging young people to consider civil engineering as a career.

On being told she had won the award, Dr Wade said it was a great honour and she would continue to work hard to address the gender imbalance in STEM subjects.

She also aims to encourage everyone to work across STEM disciplines, and with arts and culture, to find innovative solutions to complex problems.

“I hope that my enthusiasm and energy have inspired others to get into engineering, and to recognise the importance of working together with allied professions to deliver sustainable solutions,” she said.

Working with various groups

“I have been impressed that in recent years the Institution of Civil Engineers and other professional bodies are engaging with the need to address the climate crisis, global biodiversity decline and social inequality,” Dr Wade said.

Dr Wade has been working simultaneously with ICE, her employer, regional STEM partnership groups, Dundee Science Centre, Tayside Climate Beacon, Homeward bound (Global Women in STEMM network), and other STEM outreach activities.

She works with them to try to support the transition for organisations and individuals to a more equal and sustainable future.

“It really means a lot to be recognised for these efforts,” she said.

Judges’ Commendation

The judges commended Taciana Jackson, an engineering manager at BAM Nuttall, for her work as a STEM Ambassador, particularly in encouraging more girls to consider STEM careers.

Taciana strongly believes in the power of representation and role modelling which is why she became a STEM Ambassador.

She said, "[Being an ambassador] is very rewarding and I enjoy seeing kids engaging with activities and putting what they learnt on my talks into practice through activities, such as bridge building using loose materials on the school playground.”

Want a STEM ambassador to engage your students?

ICE has over 2,000 active STEM ambassador engineers in fascinating roles shaping the world – from constructing bridges and eco buildings, electric railways and smart motorways, to increasing our clean energy supplies and water conservation.

ICE is keen to hear how it can contribute to your careers programme so please get in touch with the Careers team with your request.

  • Kathryn Denham-Maccioni, marketing project manager at ICE