Know an inspirational woman engineer under 35? Nominate them for the Top 50 Women in Engineering poll

Nominations are now open for WE50 2017 – the Top 50 Women in Engineering poll and ICE is aiming to boost the number of civil engineers who make the list.

Just 28% of 17-19 year old girls have considered a career in engineering
Just 28% of 17-19 year old girls have considered a career in engineering

Last year the poll highlighted the work of 50 brilliant women engineers of all ages and different career stages and over a quarter of those included in the list were ICE members or fellows. This year the focus is on women under 35 who may have yet to be recognised, or are industry 'ones to watch'.

The initiative, run by the Daily Telegraph and backed by the Women's Engineering Society (WES) is sponsored by a range of industry partners. It aims to boost female uptake of engineering roles and careers by celebrating the notable achievements made by women in the sector.

According to Engineering UK's latest data, the annual shortfall of engineers and technicians has increased by 25% to 69,000. Women represent around ten percent of ICE's membership and female membership applications are slowly on the rise with graduate numbers at 18%.

But Seán Harris, ICE Director, Membership points out that at less than 10% across all disciplines, the UK still trails behind every other country in Europe. He said:

"With Britain set to begin negotiations to exit the EU there has never been a more important time to encourage girls to consider a career in engineering. Currently, just 28% of 17-19 year old girls have considered engineering when looking at their career choices compared with 46% of boys.

"I very much hope to see inspirational women civil engineers featuring prominently in this year's poll, and encourage everyone to submit their nomination."

Nominations will be presented to a judging panel from the Women's Engineering Society, and the top 50 list will appear in The Daily Telegraph later this year, to coincide with International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) on 23 June.

WES is a charity that inspires and supports women and girls to achieve their potential as engineers, scientists and technical leaders. ICE is a long term supporter, regularly hosting events and activities in support of INWED which year takes place on 23 June.

How to nominate

ICE is keen to showcase the breadth of talent that exists across the civil engineering industry, and hopes that raising the profile of talented women engineers will encourage young women and girls to consider engineering as a career choice.

The Telegraph is accepting nominations of anyone who works in the engineering sector, not just qualified engineers. The only rules are that they must be under 35. Full detail and the nomination form are available on the Daily Telegraph's website.

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